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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2006 Suzuki Forenza (Page 1 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 1 of 2)

problem #35

Oct 012006


  • 100 miles


Suzuki has never sent me a recall notice: 2016 explanation- they are only going by each state's vehicle owner recorded address. I/ my car have had the same listed address since purchase. Suzuki on nihtsa shows 4 recalls; Forenza engine wiring harness is not there. What else is missing? original Forenza owner, under 47,000 miles. Repeatedly, warning lites came on with overheat. Oct.2006 engine stalled at 35mph in intersection; with multiple complaints Suzuki, aware of ewh failure, fails to do a foenza engine wiring harness recall. I see the same symptom complaints by other Forenza owners. Took 3 car stallings before diagnosis made & engine wiring harness replaced. From Oct.2006 complained of "old car creaking/ruff suspension" noises/bouncing going over any speed bumps or rolling streets. Suzuki replaced some damaged bushings but noises/bad suspension returned; I continued complaints to the dealer and Suzuki, & paid for several wheel allignments. Without informing me, Suzuki the dealer mechanic, again checking on my complaint, notes "cracked struts" about 1 month after my 3yr full waranty expired. 2012, I learned of the "old car symptom" suspension damage from a non-Suzuki mechanic reviewing the car repair history. There is now a suspension system corrosion faiure recall for 2006 vitaras but not Forenzas; same year vitara and Forenza problems seem associated issues. 2006, Suzuki recalls for overheat/fire ignition from headlights/electrical swtichs are 2 of 4 recalls listed with nihtsa. 2007-2015, I complained to Suzuki of the same symptoms (multiple failed batteries, electrical burning odors, light shorts...) Suzuki describes as high priority for repair of headlight/electrical switch. Me, unaware of recalls, Suzuki denied any responsibility!! my A/C air system, radio, and rarely used driver window shorted after episodes of battery failures in 45mph city traffic.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #34

Feb 092014


  • 65,000 miles
Air bag light stays on all the time.

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #33

Feb 272016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. While starting the vehicle, the driver side air bag deployed without warning or a crash. The contact sustained left arm injuries that did not require medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available. The VIN was not valid.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #32

Nov 252011


  • 98,000 miles


I bought this car used at 98000 miles in 2011 and since then I have had airbag light staying on every 4-6months or so ( the drive side)...then I would take it in to the dealership and they would replace the censor, etc and reset it. Am really frustrated with this, there must be a faulty sensor/part of the airbag with 2006 Suzuki florenza airbag.

- New Brighton, MN, USA

problem #31

Jun 132014


  • 82,069 miles
The fault conditions of this vehicle cause the air bag mil to illuminate. Diagnosis verified a fault with the passenger oc mat/sensor and was replaced. The same fault conditions repeated with the same diagnosis of a faulty passenger oc mat/sensor and was replaced again. But even though the same part was replaced twice there remains a fault with the air bag system and diagnosis concludes that the same fault remains with the passenger oc mat/sensor. This seems to be a design/engineered and possible a software fault with the air bag system. No resolution has been achieved and concerns remain that the air bag may not deploy properly in the event of a vehicle crash. Please provide a written response to this complaint.

- Ocala, FL, USA

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problem #30

Nov 142012

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Slips out of gear while driving, car stalls and cuts off during driving, only cranks up in neutral, air bag light stays on, check engine light go off after a repair then lights back up. Its frustrating to have to call road side assistance for a battery charge frequently when battery loses charge for no apparent reason.

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

problem #29

Dec 162014


  • 200,000 miles


The contact owned a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. While driving 40 mph, another vehicle ran the contact's vehicle off the road causing it to crash into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained lacerations to the face, a bruised rib, and a fractured cervical vertebrae which required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- West Blocton, AL, USA

problem #28

Dec 222014


  • 50 miles
When I was driving on the road my airbag from behind on the driver seat busted and my head hit the steering wheel and I stopped in the middle of the road, not knowing what was going on and my I seen smoke coming from the side of my driver seat, and I seen my air bag had busted on it own.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #27

Sep 012014

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owned a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact drove through a red light at 40 mph and crashed into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver sustained head and back contusions and two other occupants were also injured. Medical attention was received and a police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 100,000....updated 09-15-14

- Orange , TX, USA

problem #26

Jan 082014


  • 69,000 miles
I have owned this car since 2007. The airbag light on the dash keeps turning on. Every time I take it to the dealer he said that there is no problems with the airbags and that the scanner is not picking up the code. He resets the system and the light goes off and every fee months I have to take it back to do the reset and im paying $55 for each reset at least 3-4 times a year since I got this car. Also the dealer told me that O have to dk these resets because everytime the light turns on it means that the airbags are disabled L and it is a safety issue. So I take it regularly every few months to reset it. This has to be a recall through Suzuki because it is a problem.

- Maspeth, NY, USA

problem #25

Jan 152014

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 89,217 miles


On January 15, 2013, I was driving on the expressway. The vehicle in front of me slammed on their brakes unexpectedly to prevent hitting the vehicle in front of her, who had also slammed on their brakes. We were going approximately 55 mph. I was unable to brake in time to prevent hitting the car in front of me. My vehicle was totaled as a result. My airbag did not deploy during this crash. I feel that an impact at that speed should have triggered the airbag. I was diagnosed with whiplash afterwards. I have pictures of the vehicle after the crash and the airbag intact.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #24

Jul 102007

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
Air bag light has been on since I purchased the car. I have contacted Suzuki several times regarding it and they say it is normal. Or I can pay to have it diagnosed. It is a safety issue. Suzuki customer service is horrible. I have signed myself up for a class action law suit.

- Spokane Valley, WA, USA

problem #23

Oct 212013

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
Air bag warning light came on and stays on now every time vehicle starts and goes. Searched online and found numerous users across North America having same issue and Suzuki motors will not treat it as a recall despite so many users having this issue. Many users reported that they took vehicle to dealers multiple times, paid money, and did not even get the problem fixed. Suzuki vehicles are a joke based on my experience of owning one. The cars are so delicate and fragile. This airbag warning light being on is a very dangerous issue. We don't want to find out that while we are driving on a freeway, the air bags deploy for no reason and causes a crash. Or worst god forbid that it did not deploy in an accident. You should really press on government to force these greedy businesses to treat such safety issues not only free of charge, but by professional mechanics who get the job done right the first time. The internet is full of stories about people taking this car to dealers for this problem multiple times and not getting it fixed after so much time and money wasted. If anything happens, I will not hesitate to sue Suzuki Corp.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #22

Jan 091996


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the air bag and engine warning indicators illuminated continuously on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The repair consisted of applying mechanical tape to the faulty wiring located under the driver's side seat however, the repair did not correct the problem. The failure recurred after the repair. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 4,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #21

Mar 052013

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Front passenger airbag seat occupancy sensor is faulty. This code is B1448 sensor/matt fault caused by matt wiring failure. This fault causes the passenger side airbag system to staff off, it also causes the passenger system to read that it does not have an occupant at all times. The main airbag computer reads the system fault and it disables the entire airbag system. No airbag protection at all, and Suzuki knows. Seams to be a common and known defect in the OCS and seat matt in the passenger seat. Suzuki and its dealers are unmoved by the danger that this brings to all its customers.

- Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #20

Jan 032011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Air bag light continues to be illuminated on dash panel. Took to dealer to fix. Light was out for about two days then reappeared. This is a known problem and Suzuki refuses to address issue. Car is out of warranty but is a safety issue.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #19

Feb 162013

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 55,888 miles
My airbag light is on is there a recall on airbags?

- Plymouth, WI, USA

problem #18

Oct 092012


  • 125,000 miles
I bought a used 2006 Forenza sedan and a few days later, the transmission range sensor went out. I just researched and there are several complaints about this issue. Also, the airbag light turned on. Suzuki need to own up to this problem and fix it. Also the 02 sensor went and needs replacement. What is going on.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #17

Jul 172007


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag light would illuminate sporadically on the instrument panel even when the passenger's seat was occupied. The contact did not have the vehicle diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 44,000.

- Dunedin, FL, USA

problem #16

Jan 112012

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the low beam head lights malfunctioned. As a result, he was unable to switch off the high beams. The contact also mentioned that the air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 77,000. Updated 8/6/12 the consumer stated the low beam lights did not work. Only, the high beams worked. Updated 08/14/12

- Perry , FL, USA

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