Suzuki SX4 Recall
2010 Suzuki SX4

Suzuki says it will recall certain 2012-2013 SX4 hatchbacks and sedans because of concerns that the power steering pump could stop operating, thereby removing the assistance that makes steering so easy.

Suzuki documentation shows that the problem relates to starting a vehicle in cold weather. The pump might seize during cold starts, eliminating the power steering. Power steering makes turning the wheel easier for drivers, and it uses hydraulic pressure to accomplish that. Without it, steering would be much more difficult and increase the risk of a crash.

The problem was first reported by a Canadian distributor in April 2016, according to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A second case was investigated in February 2017. Another 15 reports in Canada and nine in the U.S. were filed from January through March of this year. A total of 42 cases were documented. No information has been released on crashes or injuries related to this malfunction. 

The automaker is still working on a remedy for the problem. It has not announced when it will notify owners. NHTSA says notification must come within 60 days of filing the safety recall report with the government agency, which means owners should receive letters by mid-January 2019.

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The Details

Vehicles recalled: 18,673 Suzuki SX4s from the 2012 and 2013 model years, built from Sept. 3, 2011 through April 5, 2013.

The problem: The steering pump may seize, causing a loss of steering assistance. The extra effort needed to steer increases the risk of a crash.

The fix: The specific remedy is still under development.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Suzuki customer service at 800-934-0934.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V804

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Suzuki SX4 recall steering wheel
2010 Suzuki SX4