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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2006 Suzuki Forenza (Page 2 of 2)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,295 miles

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2006 Suzuki Forenza seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #15

Oct 012010


  • 34,000 miles


I have 44,000 miles on my 2006 Suzuki Forenza - only 5 years old and the struts are gone! the front end of my car bounces like its on a trampoline! this should not be happening at 5 years old. Suzuki needs to make good on their bad struts on this car. I have seen lots of people complaining.. one of them at 21,000 miles.. and this hasn't been recalled" what gives" also, I can't lock my car from the outside anymore. The airbag light is always on saying its not working. This car has lots of problems and I just bought it a year ago and ready to get rid of it and buy something else. Definitely not a Suzuki ever again.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #14

Nov 012005


  • 150 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrumental panel. The vehicle was then inspected by the dealer and they advised that there was a plug under the driver side seat that would not stay connected. The dealer repaired the vehicle by placing duct tape on the plug. After a few days of the tape wearing off, the air bag light illuminated again. In addition, the gear shift indicator on the instrument panel would show a black line through the D for drive and the vehicle would exhibit a clinking noise. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 150. The VIN was not available.

- Cleaton, NC, USA

problem #13

Apr 072011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
2006 Suzuki Forenza wagon issues so far: 63K - check engine light came on and a line through the D on the instrument panel showed up, which acts like the car is in neutral. When trying to accelerate the car has no power. If you pull over, turn the car off and restart it then the car is back to normal. It has done this 4 times now in the past 2 weeks. 60K - a couple of months ago the window washer pump went out and I had to replace it. I did it myself and it still cost me $85. Front seatbelt acts like it latches but then comes back out (this problem was recalled). 40K - the air bag light is also lit up on the car.

- Exeter, CA, USA

problem #12

Jan 012010


  • miles


Airbag light came on in January 2010. My mechanic reset the sensor and checked out the wiring. Airbag light came back on after about 1 mouth and has no matter what we do'stayed on--- additional lights come on periodically including the engine light, seatbelt and driving light. What a bunch of garbage. After looking online----there are so many people having the same problems┐recall this car for electrical and certainly airbags ┐it is a safety issue. This car should be recalled and airbags repaired free of charge.

- Elma, WA, USA

problem #11

Nov 032010


  • 77,457 miles
2006 Suzuki Forenza airbag light came on 6/2010. Cost $700 to repair driver's side airbag. 11/2010 light came back on, now dealer wants $1000 to repair passenger side airbag. If you go online, there are hundreds of complaints for the same problem. This car should be recalled and airbags repaired free of charge.

- Ocala, FL, USA

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problem #10

Jan 182007


  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. Whenever the contact drove the vehicle, he noticed that the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the air bag needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current mileage was approximately 158,000. The failure mileage was approximately 17,000.

- East Hampton, NJ, USA

problem #9

Aug 102010


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. While driving at approximately 45 mph, the vehicle was involved in crash with another vehicle and the air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The driver was reported injured and was transported to the hospital via ambulance. There was smoke seen coming from under the hood and the vehicle was towed to an independent repair facility. The vehicle was not examined for the cause of the air bag failure and was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 50,000.

- Grahansville, NY, USA

problem #8

Nov 062009


  • 51,850 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The air bag warning light was illuminated on the instrument control panel. In a situation that warrants the air bags may fail to deploy. She contacted the dealership and was referred to the manufacturer. When she called the manufacturer, she left a voice message but had not received a response.. the current mileage was 51,923. The failure mileage was approximately 51,850.

- York, PA, USA

problem #7

Jul 282009


  • 38,000 miles
Suzuki Forenza in front end collision with Jeep Wrangler. Forenza suffered front end damage. The airbags in the Forenza did not deploy. The drivers side seat belt in the Forenza did not lock when I slammed on the brakes, which led to me slamming against the steering wheel.

- Dover, PA, USA

problem #6

Apr 112009


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. While driving approximately 45 mph, another driver made a U-turn and crashed into the front passenger side door of the contact's vehicle. Her vehicle turned over several times and the side air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was previously taken to the dealer because the frontal air bag lights were malfunctioning. The dealer stated that there was no air bag failure at that time. The insurance company declared that the vehicle was destroyed. Georgia state carroll county police report number 04-1122-09 was filed. The passenger sustained a broken neck and the driver sustained fractures to the lower back. The manufacturer will be notified. The failure and current mileages were 160,000.

- Temple, GA, USA

problem #5

Nov 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. Whenever the contact depressed the accelerator pedal, the vehicle would not move; however, the engine would rev loudly. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the throttle assembly was not allowing any gas to enter the engine, which caused the vehicle not to run at times. The dealer stated that this was a very common issue and no recalls were issued. The contact believes that she should not be responsible for the repair and a recall should be issued. The failure mileage was 40,000 and current mileage was 55,000. Updated 05/15/09 the consumer stated the air bag light illuminated. Updated 05/18/09.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 012007

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The passenger side air bag warning indicator intermittently indicated that the air bag was deactivated while a passenger was in the seat. The vehicle was not inspected by the dealer. The failure mileage was 40 and current mileage was 15,000. The consumer stated the dealer inspected the vehicle on 11/20/07 and determined the sensor was infact loose. Updated 12/12/07

- Albion , NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 162007

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,500 miles
The check trans/motor light came on in my car.I made an appt. At Suzuki. It was on for 6 days. It went off, then the air bag light came on. It stayed on. I mentioned that there were loose wires hanging under my seat when I dropped it off. They said a wire came loose and that I should not put anything under my seat.I say that the wires are so loose that if someone put there feet under the seat, there feet could get caught up in the wires and unhook them. Then my airbags won't work, correct".if I get in an accident and they don't work, would that be considered unsafe" the dealer said the wires had to be loose because the seat moves and that nobody could get there feet caught in the wires. Loose wires under a seat that control a safety device.. sounds unsafe to me..I took it in for the passenger side airbags right after I bought it.. they said wasn't broke and gave me a letter that says the passenger airbag light will come on if the passenger is not seated correctly in the seat.. sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. they fixed it this time, too much resistance.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #2

Jan 062007

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
It was a hit and run. From the rear and hit a tree. My main concern is that my air bags did not deploy. Safety first. Now I feel the car is a defect. Please get back in touch with me on this matter.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 302005

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20 miles
The contact stated the air bags:on and off switch assembly was not working properly. A light would come on when the air bags were not working. The air bag will turnoff when hitting a bump in the road. The vehicle has been checked at a dealership. The parts to repair the switch were on order. Also contacted the manufacturer. The vehicle is still under warranty.

- Thornton , CO, USA

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