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NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,359 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Suzuki Forenza seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 152010

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driver's airbag was fixed 2 or 3 times under warranty, and fixed one more time after warranty expired. The airbag light is on once again.

- Cape Coralq, FL, USA

problem #7

Mar 102010

Forenza

  • miles
I have 2005 Suzuki Forenza and the airbag panel light came on and will not go off.this is the second time it has happened.the first time it was still under warranty when I took it to a dealership to be repaired. The light is back on and has not gone out. It is no longer under warranty. Also since it has been on the second time my lighter keeps blowing a fuse. I can't afford to pay for the repairs.

- Joelton, TN, USA

problem #6

Jun 012006

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 9,000 miles
I got my car in February 2006, and a few months later after the car is still only a year old, the airbag light came on. It has not turned off since. I have been to the dealer four separate times, three of those times having diagnostics run. The first two times they could not tell me anything at all as to the problem, they had no idea. The third time I was told that I would need to pay for a more in-depth diagnostic to determine if the problem was in the wiring, the computer system, or the actual airbag. I refused to pay for this because my vehicle is under warranty and obviously this is of no fault of my own as the vehicle has never been in any type of accident. They told me this problem wasn't covered under warranty, but the way I see it, it is. This is a manufacturer's defect, which is obviously being experienced by many other parties. The fourth time I took my vehicle in, the dealer's body shop had a different manager. He understood that this could be covered under warranty and promised to call me the next day. He never called. I called him a few days later, the receptionist said he wasn't in and he would get back to me. He never did. Still haven't heard anything from them.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #5

Nov 112008

Forenza

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The SRS airbag system inoperative light stays on. This vehicle has been to shop at least 5 times during warranty period and has failed to be fixed.

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #4

Dec 012007

Forenza

  • 45,035 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag warning light kept turning off. Within an hour of someone sitting in the front passenger seat, the air bag light illuminates. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they cleared the code, which temporarily repaired the failure. Two months later, the light began to malfunction again. The contact attempted to repair the failure, but was never successful. The failure mileage was 45,035 and current mileage was 50,000. Updated 09/10/08 the consumer stated the dealer attached a harness under the passenger seat.. updated 09/10/8.

- Oakland, CA, USA

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problem #3

Oct 082007

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Suzuki Forenza. While driving 40 mph, the contact rear ended another vehicle. The front air bags failed to deploy in both vehicles. The contact was not wearing her seat belt and struck the steering wheel. The steering wheel bent into the dashboard and struck the windshield. Both vehicles were destroyed and a police report was filed. The contact sustained facial abrasions, chipped teeth, cuts, and bruises. She did not know what injuries the driver and passenger received in the other vehicle. The rear ended vehicle struck another vehicle, which sustained minor damage. The number of persons injured in that vehicle could be three or more. The contact has pictures of both herself and her vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 52,000 updated 12-12-07. Updated

- Princeton, WV, USA

problem #2

Sep 112006

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
: the contact stated the frontal and side air bags did not deploy for both front seats when involved in a collision. While the vehicle was traveling 10 mph, it was struck on the front left side. The road conditions were clear and dry. There were two persons injured. The driver sustained injuries to the head, neck, chest and back. The passenger sustained injuries to the neck, knee and stomach injuries. Both wore seat belts and were taken to the hospital. A police report was taken. The vehicle was towed to an impound and pictures were taken.

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 222006

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,840 miles
: the contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated constantly. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where it was determined that the problem is due to wire movement each time the driver seat is adjusted.

- Hammond, LA, USA

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