NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,153 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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2006 Suzuki Forenza seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments

problem #11

Aug 232011


  • 138,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that as the driver side window was opened, the front driver side air bag deployed. The contact's left arm was burned from the deployment. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The failure and current mileage was 138,000.

- Fairview Hights, IL, USA

problem #10

May 052011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 74,501 miles
I have experienced two front end collisions to a Suzuki Forenza 2006. During both accidents the air bags did not deploy as designed to. The last accident on 5/5/11 ended in a total loss of the car due to a front end collision. The impact was such that the left front bumper and fender were damaged. This accident also buckled the hood of the vehicle and raised it at least 1.5 higher than normal. This will give you some idea of the force of the accident. Suzuki was not interested in checking the vehicle out until just recently. I feel that if the air bags did deploy, especially on this last accident I would not have sustained any injury what so ever.

- Crestwood, KY, USA

problem #9

May 132007


  • 23,481 miles
The contact owns 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the air bag warning light displayed that the air bag was disconnected. The contact stated that it took three years to correct the engine failure. The contact stated that the failure was caused by the wiring since the air bag light for the driver side remained illuminated. The dealer worked on the vehicle, but they have been unable to find the problem. The failure mileage was 5400 and the current mileage was 23481.

- Saint Joseph, MO, USA

problem #8

Aug 092006


  • 4,000 miles


I have a 2006 Suzuki Forenza purchased new. Since the first month I had it the airbag light has come on over and over. I have brought it to the dealer at least 7 times and they are now telling me they will no longer help me.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 022010


  • 71,000 miles
Air bag didn't deploy when I was in a crash.

- Ocala, FL, USA

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problem #6

Jun 172009


  • 5,700 miles
Front end collision, air bags deployed and started a fire which caught my clothing on fire.

- Ripon, CA, USA

problem #5

May 122006


  • 42,000 miles


I was about to make a left hand turn, my light was green, I proceeded into the intersection, then a car ran their red light, striking my left fender/front, buckled up my car, bumpers locked, had to be pulled apart! in this mva, none of the frontal/airbags deployed! there were 'four' people in my car, including me. All injured, all went to the hospital. And all seeking medical attention. I was shocked!! as well as the person in the other front seat. I hit the steering wheel, with my head...police on the scene, said to sue for air bags not deploying!

- Bend, OR, USA

problem #4

Nov 192008


  • 32,000 miles
I was driving my car through a gravel street, I hit a man hole and the seal to my airbags broke, the air bags did not come out or deploy fully. I was not involved in an accident nor was anyone hurt or injured or any properly damage done, the front or rear side of my car was not hit nor damaged, this lead me to believe that there must be some sort of defect on the car, I had the dealership look at it and they told me there was no defect, but why didn't my airbags fully deploy or inflate? had I not been wearing my seatbelt, I could have been seriously injured. I did some research online and I found that there was other owners of the same make and model with almost the same issues, dealing with the front and passenger air bags.

- Aurora , IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 012008


  • 13,000 miles
Air bag on/off light defect. It has been to 3 dealerships and still not fixed. It occurs every time someone sits in the passenger seat. A bottom seat has been replaced and a wiring harness has been replaced.

- Archdale, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 152006

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
: the contact stated the front passenger side air bag light illuminated. While attempting to start the vehicle the engine failed. When using the air conditioner there was an exhaust smell. The problems occurred intermittently. Although the dealership was alerted, no inspections have been made. The manufacturer has not been alerted.

- Mays Landing, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 252006

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I recently purchased a 2006 Suzuki Forenza station wagon, on February 25, 2006 I had an accident which someone ran into my car and I crashed the car/the air bags did not deploy. I think there is a defect in my brand new car. I think the air bags or at least the one on the driver side should of deployed- that is my complaint.

- Miami, FL, USA

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