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Recall 19V187000

Passenger Air Bag Deploys With Child In Front Seat

Recall Details

The passenger seat occupant detection system may fail due to the leather upholstery shrinking in high temperatures and high humidity. This can cause the air bag to deploy on a child passenger when the system should have deactivated the passenger frontal air bag. Dealers will replace the seat bottom cushion free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The occupant detection system is intended to operate so that if a child is present in the passenger front seat, the system will shut off the passenger frontal air bag and prevent it from deploying. For vehicles involved in this recall, the front passenger leather upholstery may shrink due to high temperatures and humidity levels, which can cause the occupant detection system to fail. If this happens, the passenger frontal air bag may deploy even with a child occupying the passenger front seat, which can injure the occupying child.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Suzuki must be performed by a Suzuki dealership. Suzuki will notify known owners of affected vehicles (a timetable of this notification is not available as of the time of this writing). 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 dealership repair facilities. 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 numbers are 4011 and 4012.

Body, Interior & Misc., March 07, 2019

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
March 07, 2019
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
31,302
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
19V187000
Component
SEATS
Summary
Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain 2010-2013 Kizashi and 2006-2013 Grand Vitara vehicles. The front passenger leather seat may shrink due to high humidity and high temperature. As a result, the occupant classification system (OCS) sensor mat may not accurately detect if an adult or child is occupying the seat.
Consequence
In the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment, an incorrect classification may result in the passenger frontal air bag deploying even if there is a child in the front passenger seat, increasing their risk of injury.
Remedy
Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the seat bottom cushion, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Suzuki customer service at 1-800-934-0934. Suzuki's numbers for this recall are 4011 and 4012.
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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