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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,525 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Suzuki Forenza lights problems

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2008 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 222014


  • 42,000 miles


We were sent a safety recall notice dated 7/22/2014 stating there is a defect relating to abnormal operation of the high and/or low beam headlamps and the daytime running lamps. The notification states "recall service parts are not yet available to correct this condition. Providing repair parts is a top priority, however, their availability is not known at this time. Vehicle owners will be notified by mail when repair parts are available and scheduling appointments can then begin". it has been nearly one full year and no further communication from Suzuki motor of America, Inc. Has been received. In the meantime we are forced to operate a vehicle with "an increased risk of fire" and with the possibility that someone may not be able to properly see the vehicle due to the malfunctioning headlights. Millions of cars have been made with properly functioning headlights and daytime running lamps, this cannot possibly be that difficult of a repair to quickly engineer and implement. Is this unnecessary delay due to the fact that Suzuki no longer sells vehicles in the U.S. and therefore no longer thinks it has the obligation to fulfill recall requirements?? any help that can be provided would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #7

Mar 212015

Forenza 4-cyl

  • miles
My head lights were on dim, there was a flash and one light went out. About a mile later, the other head light went out. I had to run with my high beams on because I had no dim headlights. I received a recall letter that states that my car could be affected and I want this fixed! this car is my only way of going.

- Houston, AL, USA

problem #6

Jul 012014

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 118,200 miles
The car daytime running light module(drl module) burned and melted, lights were not working properly, the emergency brake light remained on, the dashboard, car had a burned smell so strong that I had to detail it and it did not go(the strong burning odor) away after 2 weeks. I took my car to the shop and repaired the problem out of my pocket(drl module). I sent all the proper documentation to Suzuki motor of America cust svc department P.O. Box 1100 brea, ca 92822-1100, including the receipt of the repair, a copy of my driver license, copy of the registration, copy of the title of the vehicle(all documentation that they asked for in the safety recall notice), case and point they do not want to reimburse me, they are giving me a hard time, please help me because Suzuki motor of America is going to find any excuse not to pay me back, because of this irresponsible behavior towards customers and the bad products they make are out of the market.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 182014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V262000 (exterior lighting), but the part was unavailable to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #4

Aug 132013


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while parked, the daytime running lights would not turn off and caused the battery to drain. In addition, the vehicle caught on fire. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14V262000 (steering) but did not confirm if the vehicle was included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000.

- Mansfield , TX, USA

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problem #3

Aug 142013


  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the headlights and hazard lights failed. The contact also stated that there was a burning odor being emitted. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic stated that the fuse was melted and burned. In addition, the carpet near the driver side was burned. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. Additionally, the contact received notifications for NHTSA campaign id number: 14V262000 (electrical) and stated that the part was not available for the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 47,000.

- King Street, SC, USA

problem #2

Jun 202014

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Headlights staying on.

- Houma, LA, USA

problem #1

Dec 172012

Forenza 4-cyl

  • miles
Please help! my 2008 Suzuki Forenza : is giving so much problems, I told the dealership and they said nothing is wrong. With the car, but the light stay on all the time, and I don't feel safe, can you help me?thank you for your help.

- Modesto, CA, USA

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