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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,858 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 #11

Aug 132013


  • 50,000 miles


The airbag warning light turned on without any readily identifiable cause. Several repair facilities cannot seem to find out why it remains on. I suspect this is related to the following tsbs: #TS0501158, #0312234, and #0512234. Why this isn't being treated as a safety issue is unclear to me. This is a known problem that disables a safety system (airbags) in the vehicle.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #10

Sep 012007

Reno 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The air bag light and "passenger air bag disabled" light are on all the time. It originally appeared to be due to the passenger seat sensor that disables the right side air bag when it detects a weight under a certain limit (e.g., so the air bag is deactivated if a child's car seat is there). The way we came to assume that it might be the sensor was if the person in the passenger seat would hop around or move around the seat and the light might eventually go out. Sometimes turning off and restarting the car would cause the light to turn off. Sometime it seemed the passenger could put-on, take-off, put-on the seat belt and that might work. But now it's on all the time no matter what (the car is at 90,000 miles). It was intermittent starting around 10,000. I took it in to the dealer and they replaced the car's battery - the theory being that perhaps the old battery didn't provide enough current (which doesn't make any sense since the battery isn't providing power while the engine is on...). but by around 30,000 miles, the light started staying on all the time.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #9

May 152013

Reno 4-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
Airbag warning light came on for no reason.vehicle has never been in any kind of accident. I have read online that this a common problem with the Reno and forenza. There are problems with seat sensors/wiring and clocksprings. Suzuki has long known of the problem, but will not issue a recall for this vehicle. I was told by the dealer that they have issued a recall on the XL7 and grand vitara for this problem. I have also read of accidents involving these vehicles w/ injuries in which airbags did not deploy. Suzuki needs to step up and address this costly/safety issue.

- Bonifay , FL, USA

problem #8

Dec 232010


  • 42,000 miles


The airbag warning light is on all the time. It is irritating that we cannot get it to go away. Even when resetting the system it comes back within hours. Suzuki will not fix unless we pay. Have checked the connection under the seats and made sure they were not loose. Suzuki should be forced to recall effected vehicles. Bulletin no: TS0501158 date of bulletin: 03/20/2008 summary description: 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.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #7

Jul 012008


  • 35,000 miles
The airbag warning light is on all the time. I brought it back to Suzuki several times and they were never able to repair it. This is a very common problem on Suzuki Renos and forenzas (Reno and forenza are the hatchback and sedan versions of the same car). There is a technical service bulletin, but Suzuki seems incapable of fixing the problem. The air bag warning light being on all the time means the airbag will either not deploy when it should, which could lead to death or injury or could deploy when it shouldn't which could also lead to death or injury. This needs to be made from a tsb into a non voluntary re-call for Suzuki, before someone is killed as a result of the defect.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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problem #6

Jun 012009


  • 35,000 miles
Air bag warning light is on all the time on the driver's side. Took it back to Suzuki while still under warranty, they repaired it and within a week it came back on. Brought back several more times, they were unable to permanently fix it. Was told "this is a common problem on Suzuki Renos. The sensor under the seat is the problem" by Suzuki mechanic. Have checked and it does appear to be a very common problem. If the air bag warning light is on it means the air bag may not deploy in the event of a frontal collision, which could lead to death or injury for the driver of the vehicle.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #5

Oct 012007


  • 25,000 miles


Airbag warning light came on when car was just over a year old. Had it reset at dealership, came back on within hours. Called back and was told it is a common problem on Suzuki Renos and forenzas. Ai bag light will not shut off. Suzuki will not fix even though they know it is a common problem on it. There is a technical service bulletin. If the car is involved in an accident, the air bag will not deploy. I believe that Suzuki should be forced to recall all cars impacted and repair free of charge to the customer. It is a known problem arising from a design or production flaw, they should be responsible for repair, before someone has an accident and is killed because the airbag does not deploy. Bulletin no: TS0501158 date of bulletin: 03/20/2008 summary description: 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.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #4

Jul 252011


  • miles
I was driving too school and the air bag light just turned on. Til this day the light has not turned off haven't went to Suzuki to go check this out, this car is nothing but problems.

- Porter, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 172011


  • 48,436 miles
2005 Suzuki Reno, air bag light comes on shortly after numerous repairs. Purchased car used with 43,436 miles from classic dealer ship in mentor, Ohio. They also took car to Suzuki to dealership for repair before I took delivery, and then airbag light came on shortly after. I understand this is a common problem and from what I understand the bags will not deploy in a accident? [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Moreland Hills, OH, USA

problem #2

Dec 012010


  • 30,000 miles
I have a 2005 Suzuki Reno. The driver's side and passenger side air bag warning light is on constantly. I have taken it back to Suzuki who admits there is a tsb for this fault but have said to me that they repair it and within a few miles the fault returns. This presents a significant danger of injury to the driver and front seat passenger as the air bag may not deploy in the event of an accident or may deploy for no reason while driving. This is something that by virtue of a tsb, Suzuki has seen as a problem on Suzuki, Reno and forenza models, but which they refuse to repair at their cost. Although I have put in a date of 12/01/10 for the incident date their is actually no date as such as there has been no incident. There is however significant danger of injury as a direct cause of the fault.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 242009

Reno 4-cyl

  • miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) I own a 2005 Suzuki Reno an bought it new. The airbag malfunction light on the dashboard has gone on over a dozen times since I owned the car. For the first 3 years Suzuki dealership has so called repaired it, however within 4 weeks the light on the dash goes on and remains on, now I pay for all repairs and November of 2009 I spent 600 dollars which included repair of the airbag, so the light won't go on, they told me they repaired it and 3 weeks later the airbag safety warning light went on again and won't go off. I want to report this because I heard of alot of foreign cars recalled and my car has 4 airbags which keeps malfunctioning, and the fix is only temporarily. I am still paying off the car, and I need your expertise advise, maybe this should be a recall matter. Please help me. [xxx]

- Bohemia, NY, USA

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