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NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,000 miles

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2005 Suzuki Reno seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Suzuki Reno Owner Comments

problem #4

May 112011

Reno 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles


The air bags for the driver and passenger are defective. The warning light is on all the time on the driver side and intermittently on the passenger side have been since the car had about 20K miles on it. I took it to be repaired it was reset only to light up again after a few miles. I went back and they said they could reset it, but it would only come back on again in a few miles. Suzuki America is aware that the is a problem with the airbags sensors, but there is no recall. According to the local Suzuki dealership it is a very common problem on all Suzuki Renos and Suzuki forenzas. I have read several reports of Suzuki forenzas and Renos (the hatch back version of the forenza) that have been in accidents where the air bags should have deployed but did not because of this airbag malfunction. I would like Suzuki to be forced to re-call all Suzuki forenzas and Renos to have this problem fixed.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #3

Nov 102009


  • 55,000 miles
I have a 2005 Suzuki Reno. The airbag light is on all the time and has beenfor about a year. There is a technical service bulletin from Suzuki on the matter, so they realize it is a common problem on both the driver and passenger side. Suzuki will not repair it free of charge although it is a design fault. I would like a recall to fix the problem. A technical service bulletin only fixes what is potentially a dangerous problem, caused by bad design, at my expense. Here is the tsb from Suzuki component description: 1. air bags:frontal:sensor/control module bulletin number: TS0501158 bulletin date: Jan 2008 vehicle: 2,006 Suzuki Reno summary: Airbag light on; dtc B1378 (driver side airbag resistance too high) and/or dtc B1382 (passenger side airbag resistance too high). Forenza, sedan/wagon, Reno (RQ420) 2005-2006. VIN(s) -6K425022. ( NHTSA item number - 10024195 ).

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #2

Apr 052010


  • miles
I want to lodge a complaint/investigation into the 2005 Suzuki Reno airbag system. I believe my case to be important safety issue. The driver had been at a 4-way stop in a residential area, started in first gear the right front tire blew and the car was thrown into a curb. It appears that the curb got between the rim and the blown tire and although the driver was trying to use the brakes to stop he could not get being on a railroad tie. The car hit a mailbox and then was propelled into a telephone pole. The car hit slightly off the mid center to the right breaking the bumper guard (tie) and according to the insurance company the car was a total loss. The driver received significant medical damage to his chin and loss 3 lower front teeth. One tooth at the crash site and 2 surgically removed at the grady hospital, atlanta trauma center. I do not understand why the airbags did not deploy to help protect the driver with an impact as significant as this one. The driver will probably need at the least a chin scar revision or possibly a chin restoration and 3 dental airbags. My car insurance has attempted to contact Suzuki to review and investigate why the airbags did not deploy and my agent did finally talk with someone at Suzuki that agreed to review and investigate this issue by looking at the car without my insurance filing a subrogation claim. That was 2 weeks ago and haven't received a report yet. My daughter/family also drives a 2005 Reno and I am concerned that if they are in an accident that the airbags may not deploy and something worse could happen. I need to know that there is not something faulty with the airbag system of the make and model before someone else is hurt or killed, my family or someone else's love one. Please help me...I need peace of mind and being this is a safety issue I am in hopes that you will investigate. I can provide details...there should not be a general assumption that the car is safe if it is not.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #1

Mar 162008


  • miles
The airbag light on my 2005 Suzuki Reno came on...after a $2,000 estimate from the Suzuki dealer I complained to Suzuki headquarters and they fixed it at no charge to me but this may be happening to other Suzuki's and people may be paying to fix it.

- Tuxedo, NY, USA

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