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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,943 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 Grand Vitara seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 242014

Grand Vitara 4WD 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


Suzuki passenger seat airbag control sensor is defective and often does not turn off the passenger side airbags for very light passengers as it was designed to do. Suzuki has a kit to rectify the issue, but will not send me the parts. They will only send the parts to a Kia dealer, and the nearest one to the location where my vehicle is kept is about 250 miles. I have asked them for the parts kit so I can perform the installation and calibration myself.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #6

Nov 152013

Grand Vitara 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Grand vitara. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 13V405000 (air bags) and stated that the parts were not available. The dealer did not give a specific date when the parts would become available. The manufacturer could not provide an estimated date for when the contacts vehicle would receive the recall repairs. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 08/28/14 the consumer stated the manufacturer refused to allow a local shop to complete the repairs. The dealer was too far and costly to travel. Updated 09/1/2014

- Sitka, AK, USA

problem #5

Sep 162013

Grand Vitara

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Grand vitara. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, she crashed into the rear of another vehicle but the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and the contact sustained whiplash and minor bruising. The vehicle was towed to a body shop. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 40,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #4

Jan 122012

Grand Vitara 6-cyl

  • 15,101 miles


Esp light came on, brought truck to dealer, they say it has a bad hydraulic brake unit at the cost of $1200, Suzuki won't fix it even though their is only 15101mi on vehicle. Mouse infestation due to poor design of cabin body vents located behind rear bumper cover. There are no grills in place over these vents to keep rodents out, they infested the truck and headliner area urinating all over the curtain air bags and compromised them, I called Suzuki and basically was told I'm the only one in the world this happened to and basically did nothing, $4000 in damage.

- Hopewell Junction, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 112011

Grand Vitara

  • 25,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Grand vitara. The contact stated that the air bag warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised her that the front passenger air bag needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 25,500.

- Frederiksted, VI, USA

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problem #2

Feb 102011

Grand Vitara

  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Grand vitara. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph when he crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy and the contact sustained injuries to the back. A police report was filed. The vehicle sustained severe front end damage and was towed to a collision repair center. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 49,000.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 262010

Grand Vitara

  • 32,000 miles
Suzuki Grand vitara 2008 only 3 years of use and the air bag system already went bad.

- Trujillo Alto, PR, USA

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