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Suzuki Equator Recall 10V118000

Steering Column and Air Bag Fasteners May Be Loose

Body, Interior & Misc., April 23, 2010

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Our Quick Take:

Steering column and passenger air bag fasteners may not have been tightened correctly. The steering column may become loose, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, the passenger air bag may not deploy as designed.

What Should You Do?

We at RepairPal have designated this as a low priority recall. The manufacturer has indicated that all the affected vehicles have been repaired. If you would like more information, please contact your Susuki dealer. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Summary:

The fasteners securing the passenger air bag and the steering shaft positioning bracket may not have been tightened correctly. The passenger side air bag may not deploy as designed. Also, the steering column may become loose, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the fasteners in question, replace any that are missing, and properly torque all affected fasteners to the proper specification. No letters will be sent as all affected vehicles have been repaired.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2010

Manufacturer's Report Date: April 23, 2010

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V118000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: STEERING:GEAR BOX:SHAFT SECTOR

Potential Number of Units Affected: 15

Summary: SUZUKI HAS NOTIFIED NHTSA OF A DEFECT IN CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 EQUATOR TRUCKS MANUFACTURED FROM FEBRUARY 22, 2010 TO MARCH 13, 2010. THE FASTENERS SECURING THE PASSENGER FRONT AIR BAG MODULE, AND ALSO THE FASTENERS SECURING THE STEERING SHAFT POSITIONING BRACKET MAY NOT HAVE BEEN TIGHTENED TO THE PROPER TORQUE SPECIFICATION.

Consequence: IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE PASSENGER FRONT AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT TRAJECTORY MIGHT BE AFFECTED. THE FASTENERS COULD POSSIBLY COME OUT OF THE STEERING COLUMN POSITIONING BRACKET INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE STEERING COLUMN AND THE PASSENGER FRONT AIR BAG FASTENERS AND ANY MISSING FASTENERS WILL BE REPLACED AND ALL LOOSE FASTENERS WILL BE RETIGHTENED TO THE PROPER TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS FREE OF CHARGE. ALL THE VEHICLES HAVE BEEN REMEDIED THERE FORE AN OWNER NOTIFICATION LETTER WAS NOT ISSUED. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUZUKI AT 1-800-934-0934.

Notes: OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

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