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Recall 18V667000

Power Steering Assist Fails

Recall Details

A plastic portion of the power steering belt tensioner pulley may break and separate from the pulley, displacing the belt and causing a loss of power steering functionality. Dealers will replace the power steering pump drive belt tensioner pulley free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The power steering pump tensioner pulley which secures the drive belt to drive the power steering pump may fracture, allowing broken pieces of the plastic portion of the tensioner to get caught between the pulley and the belt. If this happens, the belt may come off, and power steering assist would fail. Loss of steering assist can lead to an accident.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Suzuki must be performed by a Suzuki dealership. Suzuki will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in October, 2018. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Suzuki dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with. The Suzuki recall number is 4009.

Suspension & Steering, September 25, 2018

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
September 25, 2018
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
1,107
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
18V667000
Component
STEERING
Summary
Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara vehicles. The power steering pump belt tension adjuster pulley has an outer portion that is made of plastic. Repeated heat stress can cause the plastic material to deteriorate, causing pieces of the pulley to break off.
Consequence
Broken pieces of the pulley can get caught between the pulley and the drive belt, causing the drive belt to come off, resulting in a sudden loss of power steering assist, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the power steering pump drive belt tension adjuster pulley, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 26, 2018. Owners may contact Suzuki customer service at 1-800-934-0934. Suzuki's number for this recall is 4009. Note: The vehicles included in this recall were not previously recalled under 10V-250.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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