Suzuki Australia Pty Ltd - SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 1998 - 1999

recall information

Recall number
REC-001271
PRA number
2020/18096
Campaign number
SSR21
Original published date
Last updated date

make and model information

Make
SUZUKI
Model
GRAND VITARA
Year range
1998 - 1999
Affected units
111

Identifying features

See attached VIN list
VIN (Vehicle identification number)

What are the defects?

The airbag inflators in these vehicles could allow moisture to enter the unit and degrade the airbag propellant. If this occurs, the properties of the propellant may be changed so that the propellant does not react as intended during an accident, causing misdeployment of the airbag.

What are the hazards?

If a vehicle with an affected airbag is involved in a collision, the airbag inflator could rupture, causing sharp metal fragments to enter the vehicle cabin at high speed and kill or injure vehicle occupants.

There is also a risk that the airbag may underinflate in a collision and may not protect the driver as intended.

What should consumers do?

Owners of recalled vehicles should stop driving their vehicle immediately and organise an urgent free inspection by contacting Suzuki Australia. Consumers can either call Suzuki Customer Care
on 1800 777 088 or by visit https://www.suzuki.com.au/dealer-locator to find their nearest authorised Suzuki dealership.

If the inspection confirms that a Grand Vitara contains an affected type of Takata driver airbag inflator and the vehicle is legally registered to be driven in Australia, Suzuki Australia will offer to buy back the vehicle, based on the current market value (as determined by an independent third party valuer appointed by Suzuki). Suzuki will also arrange immediate alternative transport measures tailored to each owner’s needs so that consumers can remain mobile while the buyback of the vehicle is being arranged.

Consumers who own an affected vehicle that is not registered should also immediately stop driving their car and contact Suzuki on the above details.

Due to the age of the vehicles, replacement airbag inflators are not currently available.

Consumers who are unsure of whether they are affected by this recall can also use the Suzuki VIN look-up tool at ismyairbagsafe.com.au then follow the instructions on that website to determine if your vehicle is listed as having an affected airbag, or alternatively you may access a VIN list on the Suzuki website - https://www.suzuki.com.au/airbag_investigation, to determine if your vehicle is listed as having an affected airbag, or call Suzuki Australia Customer Care on 1800 777 088.

We also recommend you visit www.productsafety.gov.au/newsletter/subscribe to subscribe to receive updates about current and future recalls as they are published.

Further information for consumers is available at www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls
Supplier details
Suzuki Australia Pty Ltd

Who should owners/operators contact for more information?

Contact website

Responsible regulator

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications is the responsible regulator for this recall.

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