Suzuki is recalling 193,936 vehicles in the United States over concerns that the front passenger seat air bag sensor mat may malfunction. The recall affects 2006-2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara models and 2007-2011 Suzuki SX4 models.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that repeated flexing of the Occupant Classification System (OCS) sensor mat in the front passenger seat may cause the sensor to fail. If this sensor fails, the air bag will deploy in the event of a crash, “regardless of whether the front seat occupant is an adult or a child.”
According to USA Today, the function of the sensor mat is to “measure passengers' weight and determine if the air bag should deploy. Determining who sits in the seat is important because the force of an air bag can injure children or small adults.”
To remedy the situation, Suzuki will contact owners of affected vehicles and replace the front seat cushion and sensor assembly. Due to a shortage of parts, NHTSA says Suzuki will begin the recall in October.
Owners of affected vehicles may contact Suzuki at 1-800-934-0934, or NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236. The recall campaign number is VD.
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