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Recall 12V397000

The High and/or Low Beam Headlights May Fail

Recall Details

Increased resistance due to poor contact between the terminals of certain wires can generate heat that can melt the splice pack used to connect the power circuit wires for the headlamps. This can result in intermittent or total loss of low/high beam headlamp function. If the headlamps fail to function, this will lead to reduced driver visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will reconnect the affected wires with two heat-shrink crimps to correct this problem. The Suzuki recall number is NU.

Our Quick Take

The low and/or high beam headlights may fail intermittently or completely due to a wiring connector concern.

What Should You Do?

Suzuki will notify owners of affected vehicles during September, 2012. If you are experiencing problems with the high and/or low beam headlights, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Electrical & Lights, August 13, 2012

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
August 13, 2012
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
101,688
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
12V397000
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS

Summary
Suzuki is recalling certain model year 2004-2006 Forenza and model year 2005-2006 Reno vehicles manufactured from September 23, 2003, through March 7, 2006. Increased resistance due to poor contact between the terminals of certain wires can generate heat that can melt the splice pack used to connect the power circuit wires for the headlamps. This can result in intermittent or total loss of low/high beam headlamp function.
Consequence
If the headlamps fail to function, this will lead to reduced driver visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Suzuki will notify owners, and Suzuki dealers will reconnect the affected wires with two heat-shrink crimps, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during September 2012. Owners may contact Suzuki at 1-714-996-7040.
Notify
Suzuki's recall campaign number is NU. Customers may 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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