2004-'08 Suzuki Forenza, 2005-'08 Suzuki Reno Recalled for Fire Risk | Edmunds

2004-'08 Suzuki Forenza, 2005-'08 Suzuki Reno Recalled for Fire Risk


Just the Facts:
  • Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. is recalling 184,244 2004-'08 Suzuki Forenza sedans and 2005-'08 Suzuki Reno hatchbacks because of a fire risk.
  • In the affected vehicles, heat may be generated in the headlight switch or daytime running light module, which could melt the headlight switch or the DRL module.
  • A date has not been set for the recall.

WASHINGTON — Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. is recalling 184,244 2004-'08 Suzuki Forenza sedans and 2005-'08 Suzuki Reno hatchbacks because of a fire risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"In the affected vehicles, heat may be generated in the headlight switch or daytime running light module, which could melt the headlight switch or the DRL module," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "If the heat generated within the headlight switch and DRL module located on the left side of the steering column melts the headlight switch, there is an increased risk of a fire."

The recalled Suzuki cars were built by General Motors. GM this week recalled 218,000 2004-'08 Chevrolet Aveo and 214 Chevrolet Optra cars for the same problem.

GM said it is aware of some fires in these vehicles, but no injuries or fatalities.

"We are continuing to investigate," wrote GM spokesman Alan Adler in an e-mailed message to Edmunds.

Adler said the vehicles were built in South Korea by the former Daewoo, which is now GM Korea. Suzuki left the U.S. auto market in 2012. A Suzuki document filed with NHTSA did not say if there are any injuries, crashes, fires or fatalities linked to the recall.

Suzuki told federal safety regulators it does not have a remedy for the recall. Owners can contact Suzuki at 1-800-934-0934.

Edmunds says: Suzuki said it will notify owners, but it has not yet provided a notification schedule. If you are experiencing a problem with one of these cars, call Suzuki customer service. More information about this recall will be posted once it becomes available.

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