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NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,804 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 172008


  • 20 miles


We have a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. The passenger air bag will not activate with someone of an appropriate weight sitting in the seat when the car is started. If the car is running when someone sits down sometimes it will go off. The car has been to the dealer 4- 5 times and they say there is nothing wrong. This is a major safety risk for the front seat passenger. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #4

Feb 122009


  • 9,000 miles
Purchased the car on 2/12/2009. Upon use, I found the vehicle's passenger airbag sensor to be defective. Only passengers of 140+ pounds or so consistently trigger the sensor, which activates the airbag. For passengers who weigh less than 140 lbs, the airbag sensor is not triggered, thus the passenger airbag does not activate. I had three separate people from 100lb to 120lb sit in the car and the airbag did not activate for any of the three passengers. The owner's manual states that the sensor should be triggered by a passenger weighing 54 lb or more. I have gone to the Suzuki dealership 2 times, made multiple calls to Suzuki national, and applied for mediation through a Suzuki sponsored program (which went nowhere). Suzuki did not properly inspect the vehicle (180lb mechanic said since it works for him, its not defective), they no ignore my phone calls and said it is not broken and they will not repair or replace the sensor. My car is a significant safety risk to passengers. I have also found multiple people online, with the same car and problem, who also are receiving rude service from Suzuki and have not had their problem repaired either. Suzuki needs to repair this defective component or issue a recall. My car is unusable, and my next step is to go to court to attempt to recover the money I spent on this vehicle.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 042009


  • 20,000 miles
****this is for an earlier complaint filed (ODI#10261017) to correct an E-mail address.

- Panama City Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 042009


  • 20,000 miles
I was in an accident in which my car rear ended another vehicle that was broken down at night and I did not see. The car made impact on the front driver's side and according to the collision center, sustained 70% worth of damage. I was traveling approximately 35 mph when the accident occurred. The impact was enough so that the steering wheel was bent. I sustained head, face, neck, and knee injuries. No airbag deployed at any time.

- Panama City Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 092008


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. While driving 35 mph, the contact rear ended another vehicle. None of the air bags deployed. The driver received injuries to her chest, head, knee, and neck. The front sustained injuries to her chest, neck, head, and back. The contact believes that the vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The VIN and mileages were unknown.

- Burke County, NC, USA

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