It has emerged that Japanese auto maker Suzuki has issued a recall to as many as 193,936 cars and SUVs in US. The cars that fall under this recall have a potentially defective air bag sensor in the front passenger seat.
This development would see Grand Vitara SUVs sold from the 2006 to 2011 and SX4 small cars from 2007 to 2011 falling under this recall drive. It may be noted that the above mentioned sensor detects passenger weight and decides whether or not should the airbag be deployed. It is of utmost importance to determine the weight of the passenger as forces from an airbag could seriously injure an infant.
Suzuki says that the sensor mats in the cars being recalled can malfunction post repeated flexing. This means that the airbag can be deployed even if a child is in the seat. Suzuki has clarified that so far, there have been no reports of accidents/injuries due to the problem.
The auto maker will notify owners of the affected vehicle early next month. The cars will be checked and if required, the sensor mats would be replaced free of cost.