NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2008 Suzuki Forenza (Page 1 of 2)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,455 miles

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2008 Suzuki Forenza seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

May 012016


  • 107,000 miles


About every 3 to 4 months the airbag light goes off. This has been going on for over 4 years. The wiring under the passenger seat has to be redone and the airbag light reset. Is a safety hazard as at this point who knows if the airbag would deploy in an accident.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #24

Mar 122016


  • 61,000 miles
While driving the air bag light was flashing and then it stay on its been on now for three days now

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #23

Dec 092015


  • 78,125 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the driver side air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 78,125.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #22

Dec 072015


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag in the seat inadvertently deployed causing significant injury to the contacts eardrum and the seat was destroyed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was not available.

- Willamina, OR, USA

problem #21

May 222015


  • 81,937 miles
Was traveling at a rate approximately 35 miles per hour vehicle in from of me stop abruptly. I hit them. Driver side fender, hood, bumper all smashed. In area where airbag sensor is, it should have deployed. Car has been totaled. We too had issue with the flashing passenger airbag light took it to dealer they could not fix said it was temperamental on how you sit is seat.

- Aiken , SC, USA

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problem #20

Mar 272015


  • 131,981 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. While driving at approximately 40 mph and attempting to avoid crashing into a deer, the contact crashed into a tree. The frontal air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 131,981.

- Norwood, NY, USA

problem #19

Dec 052014


  • 200,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the driver and the passenger side air bag warning lights illuminated. When the front passenger seat was occupied or not, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who reset the code more than once, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Norwood, NY, USA

problem #18

Dec 192014

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owned a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. While driving approximately 30 mph, another vehicle crashed into the front end of the contact's vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained a neck and a back injury that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 84,000.......updated 01/12/15 updated 01/15/15.

- Parksville, TN, USA

problem #17

Oct 142014

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 34,500 miles
Bought vehicle approx 1 1/2yrs ago. It had about 26,000 miles. It now has approx 34,500 ad still has the Suzuki warranty. I just had to replace a transmission rang senor and now being told codes B1382, B114, B1102, B1103, B1405 came on and needs replacement of diagnostic module and passenger airbags!! I feel this should be under warranty since this is a huge safety issue! I am told it will cost $1400 and the airbags won't deploy until I get work done! I simply cannot afford this!!! this "sensor module" seems defective to me if all these problems keep arising. Also the tire pressure sensor will not turn off since time of purchase.

- Ashley, PA, USA

problem #16

Feb 112014

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
Driver air bag light continually stays on.

- Vidor, TX, USA

problem #15

Feb 062013


  • miles


My airbag lite does not come out and this been happening for years. Every time I tock it to the dealership they fixed it for couple of days and the light comes back on.

- Pompano Beach , FL, USA

problem #14

Jun 052013

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while starting the ignition, the air bag warning indicator illuminated continuously until the engine was turned off. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 13V405000 (air bags) that pertained to model years 2006-2011 and SX4 vehicles. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.....updated 10-21-13 updated 10/24/2013

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #13

Aug 162013

Forenza 4-cyl

  • miles
The air bag sensor in the front passenger seat is no longer working. A warning light on the dash stays on stating the passenger-side air bag is off even when someone is sitting in the front passenger seat.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #12

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

problem #11

Oct 312012


  • 55,000 miles
I purchased this car used from carmax in October. Since then it has been in the shop 3 times for airbag lights. The airbag light has now been on for 2 months and I have not had time do get it fixed. The airbag light has been on since I purchased it, the seatbelt light also comes on frequently. This concerns me because the cars safety is so poor- with airbag system being deactivated and seatbelts being out of whack, this car is a death trap! I went to carmax to see if they could help me and the manager wouldn't even take my name.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #10

Oct 012011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The transmission range sensor went out the first time last year. Started to show an "X" over the gear when you shifted, it would kick, and it would not allow you to over 35mph even with your foot on the gas. We replaced the sensor in Oct of 2011. It is now April 2012 and the sensor has gone out again. The air bag sensor light is constantly on. The dealership states that wire keeps getting shorted because of the location under the seat.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #9

Mar 252012


  • miles
The airbag light seems to be on it just turned on without a reason, meaning that while I have a passenger they are not safe in the car because the air bag wont deploy in case of a car accident, yesterday Sunday March,26 I went to the grocery store and when I came back I put the car in reverse and it slammed really hard, the shift display had a light through it, and I had heard about people having the same problem, now this problem has been reported for the past 5 years since the vehicle was for sale, transmission range sensor, so right after the grocery store took it in to the mechanic for a 373,00 repair, now paying its not a matter but this vehicle is not even at half of its life and this problem its absurd, no airbag, transmission shifting crazy jeopardizing passengers in the vehicle. Please help, please make Suzuki pay for their mistake at the manufacturing/ assembly and faulty products if their cars are not safe they should not be sold at all or they should be liable for their faulty vehicle parts.. help help help!!!! please

- Campbell, CA, USA

problem #8

May 182011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Air bag light came on in car. Had to take to dealer to reset. Wiring harness under the seat was faulty.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #7

Jul 132011


  • 35,800 miles
In mid July my airbag warning light came on in my vehicle. I took it to my local Suzuki dealership where I was told by an associate it would be atleast $1800 to resolve the issue. My vehicle wasn't even brought into the service department for a diagnostic. Unable to afford a repair of that magnitude I'm concerned for the safety of my family if the airbag system doesn't deploy in the event of an accident. Searching the internet I've noticed this issue is common with Suzuki 05' and up. Mine being an 08' my warranty expired the same month about 2weeks earlier so they said there wasn't anyway around the $1800 charge. I believe this issue should be recalled so a basically new car doesn't have a faulty expensive and apparently extensive repair due within the 36,000 mile/3year warranty period. Please research this issue and contact Suzuki motors about this issue.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #6

Dec 062010


  • 46,835 miles
My check engine light came on and was put on machine and got a PO700 and PO705 which required a sensor which should not have been on a brand new car. From my understanding there have been a lot of problems with this and I don't understand why a recall has not been done on this because my warranty did not cover this do to not being inside the transmission due to Suzuki's rules.

- Newfield, NJ, USA

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