Mitigating Product Liaiblity

Suzuki Motor Corp. of America, the United States arm of Japan based Suzuki, which last year decided to pull the plug on automobile assemblage in the United States, is recalling 193,936 Grand Vitara SUVs and SX4s due to a defective front seat passenger airbag sensor. 

The sensor’s function is to measure the weight of the passenger to determine if a child or an adult is seated.  In the event a child is seated, the sensor is designed to prevent airbag deployment, as the airbag could result in serious injury to a child.  In a press release, Suzuki stated that the sensor may fail due to repeated flexing of the mat from use of the seat.  In the event of failure, the airbag would deploy regardless of the weight of the passenger.

Suzuki denied any accidents or injuries that may have necessitated the recall. The defects will be repaired by dealers at no charge starting in October 2013. 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


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