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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,794 miles

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1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 221999

Grand Vitara 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles


: the contact stated the airbag light is constantly illuminated. The dealership has replaced the airbag system module twice, but the problem returned. The windshield wipers were inoperative. Updated 06/19/06.

- Bellerose Manor, NY, USA

problem #5

Mar 102005

Grand Vitara

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving approximately 40 mph consumer lost control of vehicle. It then skidded and flipped over, hitting the front first. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy.

- Mountain View, HI, USA

problem #4

Jan 292004

Grand Vitara 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
1999 Suzuki grand vartara air bags failed to deploy after vehicle hitting a @36'' tree. The vehicle was traveling on a secondary road, posted speed 45mph, due to icey, and snowey conditions, driver traveled at @ 30 mph. Cresting a hill the vehicle hit a snow covered ice patch., on the down hill side the vehicle moved right the left before my daughter ( the driver) could react the vehicle veered into the tree. My daughter hit her head and face on the steering wheel and my wife hit something that could not be readaly identified and recieved a gash in the middle of her forehead, a concusion, and her leg was jammed unde the dashboard. The leg was not broken but she does need to wear a keg immobilizer for a few days. Most of the damage was to the left front of the vehicle and towards the center. With the size of the tree and the amount of left front damage one would expect to have the drivers side airbag deploy at the very least. While none of these injuries are life threatning, I have great concern, because our family has 3 1999 grand vartars I drive one, my wife drives one and her sister drives one. This may all change very soon., depending on what we do or do not find out about this situation. I see on you site there have been several reports of grand vartar owners reporting airbag problems. How many will it take before someonre thakes this problem serious.

- Mt Joy , PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 112004

Grand Vitara 6-cyl

  • 71,761 miles


While driving 50 mph vehicle accelerated to a high rate, causing it to roll over. Dealership notified, but did not resolve the problem. When vehicle hit snow, airbags failed to deploy. Also, when incident occurred, consumer was driving home from having recall repair made on accelerator cable.

- Champion, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 192002

Grand Vitara 4WD

  • miles
Broad sided another vehicle at about 35 mph and neither airbags didn't deploy.

- Berlin, NJ, USA

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problem #1

Jun 282000

(reported on)

Grand Vitara 4WD

  • miles
Airbag - when it's below 40 degrees outside the airbag light stays on. Windshield - makes a howling noise when speed exceeds 80 mph. Passenger seatbelt - will not release when someone is sitting in the seat. Air condition - you have to constantly press the A/C switch and it will eventually activate. Air conditioner - the fresh air/recirculation lever does not stay on recirculate, it moves by itself back to fresh air. Front axle - the 4WD always pops back into 2wd all by itself. The axle leaks constanly. It's been replaced twice within 10000 miles.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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