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NHTSA — Seat Belts Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,186 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 SX4 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Suzuki SX4 Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 072009


  • 12,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki SX4. While driving various speeds, the front passenger side air bag and the seat belt warning indicators illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the front passenger side seat belt needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 12,000.

- Highland Lakes, NJ, USA

problem #9

Oct 132013


  • 55,000 miles
SX4 air bags recall number: 13V405000 recall date: 09/06/2013 problem summary: Suzuki motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2006-2011 grand vitara and 2007-2011 SX4 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, over time, the OCS sensor mat installed in the front passenger seat may fail due to repeated flexing of the mat from use of the seat. As a result, during a crash necessitating deployment, the air bag will deploy regardless of whether the front seat occupant is an adult or a child. Consequence: Air bag deployment with a child in the front passenger side seat increases the risk of injury to that child. Corrective action: Suzuki will notify owners and dealers will replace the front passenger seat cushion assembly (which includes the OCS sensor mat) free of charge. Sufficient quantities of parts are not currently available to fix all of the affected vehicles. Owners will be notified of the recall in October 2013 and will receive a second notification when parts are available to have their vehicle repaired. Owners may contact Suzuki at 1-800-934-0934. Suzuki's recall campaign number is vd.

- Benbrook, TX, USA

problem #8

Aug 202013

SX4 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The sensor light for the passenger air bag went on and wont reset the mechanic checked via diagnostic computer the light and said its a faulty sensor but changing it would require $1,500 passenger seat replacement because the unit is integral meanwhile the passenger seat belt light is on regardless if belt is engaged and I don't know the implications to the air bag functionality.

- Spring Valley , NY, USA

problem #7

Nov 242012

SX4 4-cyl

  • 18,881 miles


Since I purchased the vehicle, the air bag light has been on. When I start the car up, it says the passenger side air bag is off. Also, the passenger side seat belt light in consistently on, regardless of whether or not someone is sitting in the passenger seat, and regardless or whether or not the seat belt is plugged in. I checked my owner's manual, as I thought perhaps something got shut off, but I see nothing in the manual that tells me how to turn the air bags on. I've since done research on this issue, and from what I've read, my air bags may not go off if I'm involved in a collision, and there are multiple complaints from other SX4 owners about this issue.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #6

Feb 042012

SX4 4-cyl

  • miles
While driving, passenger air bag light started coming on while an adult passenger was in seat. After a couple of days, the passenger airbag light stayed on, so the airbag will not deploy.

- Glenmoore, PA, USA

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problem #5

Nov 122012


  • miles
I have an 2008 Suzuki SX4 that runs great, however, at around 67,000 miles the airbag and seatbelt light came on. I paid $2000 for an extended warranty and this is not covered, even though it has to deal with the "computer" of the car-- which is covered. They say you need a new seat cover that costs you between $1000-$2000. It is ridiculous to pay $2000 for a warranty and that it is not covered since a seat cover will fix the problem even though it is listed under a "computer program" problem. I am concerned why this is not listened under a recall since it is a major defect in Suzuki Sx4S. It is also a major safety hazard because the airbag will not deploy if I was to get into a wreck.

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #4

Dec 152009

SX4 4-cyl

  • 29,600 miles


I have an issue with the air bag sensor under the passenger seat of my 2008 Suzuki sx-4 crossover AWD. The air bag light on the dash comes on and stays on, as well as the passenger seat belt light on the information display comes on and stays on. I took the vehicle to the dealership and they checked the code and found a code recorded for the airbag system. They could not determine what triggered the code however they said they reset the system and it should be fine. The same day the lights came back on so I took the vehicle back to the same dealer. This time they told me that the passenger side under seat assembly which contains the air bag sensor was bad and would need replaced at a cost of $2500 just for the part. I went on the internet and searched for similar problems and was surprised to find that there are many others with the same problem. The company has not agreed to do anything to alleviate the problem for me or the others that have had the same problem. I have also not been able to discern for sure whether the air bags will work as long as the vehicle has this problem. If not it is a definite safety problem and should require a recall to fix the problems or replace the defective parts. To be a. I have basically been told that since the vehicle is out of warranty that I am out of luck, however I feel that if this is a defect that they are aware of and have not done anything about that they should be held responsible, especially if the problem is potentially endangering the operators of these vehicles. The car was at the Suzuki dealer before warranty expiration and I state that problem and they said that they can't duplicate de problem, after the warranty expired the problem is back and now all the airbags and seat belts lights are on all the time.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 262011

SX4 4-cyl

  • miles
Brought vehicle to Suzuki dealer to have a check done as to why seat belt and airbag lights were staying on. They reported a code and said they would have to replace the passenger seat cushion at a cost of $1069! I could not believe what happened next the service manager informed me that there was a recall and were replacing screws in the outside mirrors to prevent falling off....but the seat cushion was not listed as a recall even though there have been other complaints. Since when are mirrors more important then airbags that are mandated in vehicles. Why hasn't Suzuki stepped up and declared a recall and also why hasn't the NHTSA demanded that they recall these vehicles. So screws for mirrors are more important than airbags...what is this world coming to.

- Walton, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 102011

SX4 4-cyl

  • 56,379 miles
Copied this from this site"the ECU also performs regular diagnostic checks of the air bag system. If the ECU identifies a problem, the air bag readiness (warning) light will illuminate on the instrument panel. When the air bag readiness light is illuminated, the air bag system might not perform properly in a crash." Part of the required safety features required on most new vehicles is what was stated. Corrected the mileage from previous complaint.... my 2008 Suzuki SX4 shows the air bag light on along with the passenger seat belt light on(even when occupied) according to the above statement "when the air bag readiness light is illuminated, the air bag system might not perform properly in a crash." So here I am. I followed up with a visit to Suzuki dealer and $45 later they told me exactly what was stated on sites code B1312 and that I need a new passenger seat cushion, that the sensor was not working. Then they hit me with a cost of $1009.82 + tax to replace a cushion...mind you a part that is mandated to be on vehicle and working. This is obscene and I refused then they offered to cut it in half $600 +...why do I have to pay anything for a obvious defect in their system as indicated by other entries on here and other sites pertaining to the same problem. Is everyone waiting for a major accident. Also they could not tell me if all was disabled, part disabled or none were disabled. Action is definitely needed by someone or some Agency to step in and address this problem.

- Walton, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 012009


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki SX4. The contact stated that when a passenger sat in the front passenger seat the air bag indicator light illuminated on the dashboard which means the air bag would not deploy in the event of a crash. The seat belt indicator light also illuminated on the dashboard. Both lights continued to illuminate and the vehicle was eventually taken to an authorized dealer, where the indicator lights were reset. The failure recurred moments after the lights were reset and the vehicle was taken back to an authorized dealer.the contact was informed the passenger seat bottom needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not serviced. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 66,000..

- Pulaski, VA, USA

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