2006-'11 Suzuki Grand Vitara, 2007-'11 Suzuki SX4 Focus of Federal Probe


  • 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara Picture

    2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara Picture

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating an estimated 205,000 2006-'11 Suzuki Grand Vitaras and 2007-'11 Suzuki SX4s after consumer complaints about the occupant classification system. | June 18, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating an estimated 205,000 2006-'11 Suzuki Grand Vitaras and 2007-'11 Suzuki SX4s after consumer complaints about the occupant classification system.
  • Federal safety regulators say they have received 128 complaints about the system that is intended to identify the body type and size of the occupant in the front passenger seat.
  • About half the complaints appear to report airbag warning light illumination, said NHTSA.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating an estimated 205,000 2006-'11 Suzuki Grand Vitaras and 2007-'11 Suzuki SX4s after consumer complaints about the occupant classification system.

Federal safety regulators say they have received 128 complaints about the system that is intended to identify the body type and size of the occupant in the front passenger seat and turn off the passenger front airbag in the event of a seated child or small-stature adult.

About half the complaints appear to report airbag warning light illumination, said NHTSA.

"Other complaints report vehicles experiencing OCS-related problems and/or that the passenger airbag off light illuminated when adult or young adult passengers were sitting in the front seats (i.e., they should not have been classified as children)," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem.

There have been no crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to the problem. American Suzuki did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking for comment about the probe.

Suzuki has issued two service bulletins to address occupant classification system-related concerns.

Federal safety regulators have opened a preliminary evaluation into the matter. Such an action sometimes results in a vehicle recall.

Edmunds says: If you own one of the aforementioned Suzukis, there's not much you can do at this point, except to wait for federal safety regulators to finish their work.

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