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SUZUKI SX4 - 2008 SUZUKI SX4 Problems & Complaints

 
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by Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.

There are 93 complaints filed for the 2008 SUZUKI SX4

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2008 SUZUKI SX4. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2008 SUZUKI SX4, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

1/23/2012 - UNION CITY, PA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 SUZUKI SX4. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE BRAKE AND ACCELERATOR PEDALS WERE TOO CLOSE TO EACH OTHER, WHICH CAUSED THE CONTACT TO ENGAGE BOTH PEDALS SIMULTANEOUSLY. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT TAKEN TO THE DEALER AND THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 37,000.

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WHEELS

1/18/2012 - KALAMAZOO, MI
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 SUZUKI SX4. THE CONTACT WAS DRIVING 65 MPH WHEN THE PASSENGER SIDE AIR BAG LIGHT AND THE TIRE PRESSURE WARNING SENSOR ILLUMINATED. THE CONTACT ALSO STATED THAT THE FUEL LEVEL GAUGE FAILED TO PROVIDE AN ACCURATE READING OF THE AMOUNT OF FUEL IN THE VEHICLE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER ONLY TO ADDRESS THE ILLUMINATION OF THE TIRE PRESSURE SENSOR. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT CONTACTED AND THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 63,000 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 63,098.

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AIR BAGS

1/18/2012 - KALAMAZOO, MI
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 SUZUKI SX4. THE CONTACT WAS DRIVING 65 MPH WHEN THE PASSENGER SIDE AIR BAG LIGHT AND THE TIRE PRESSURE WARNING SENSOR ILLUMINATED. THE CONTACT ALSO STATED THAT THE FUEL LEVEL GAUGE FAILED TO PROVIDE AN ACCURATE READING OF THE AMOUNT OF FUEL IN THE VEHICLE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER ONLY TO ADDRESS THE ILLUMINATION OF THE TIRE PRESSURE SENSOR. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT CONTACTED AND THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 63,000 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 63,098.

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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

1/18/2012 - KALAMAZOO, MI
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 SUZUKI SX4. THE CONTACT WAS DRIVING 65 MPH WHEN THE PASSENGER SIDE AIR BAG LIGHT AND THE TIRE PRESSURE WARNING SENSOR ILLUMINATED. THE CONTACT ALSO STATED THAT THE FUEL LEVEL GAUGE FAILED TO PROVIDE AN ACCURATE READING OF THE AMOUNT OF FUEL IN THE VEHICLE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER ONLY TO ADDRESS THE ILLUMINATION OF THE TIRE PRESSURE SENSOR. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT CONTACTED AND THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 63,000 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 63,098.

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AIR BAGS

1/9/2012 - WICHITA , KY
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 SUZUKI SX4. THE CONTACT STATED THAT AFTER ENGINE STARTUP, THE AIR BAG WARNING LIGHT ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT TAKEN TO THE DEALER. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 67,000 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 67,123.

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AIR BAGS

12/30/2011 - WEST BRANCH, IA
PASSENGER SIDE SEAT AIRBAG SAFETY SWITCH FAILED. THIS DISABLES ALL AIRBAGS IN THE VEHICLE WHEN THIS HAPPENS. IT IS NOT A FAIL SAFE DESIGN. IF THIS SWITCH FAILS, AIR BAGS SHOULD REMAIN ENABLED. CAR IS NOT SAFE TO DRIVE. YOU CAN REPLACE THIS SEAT SWITCH FOR $1,400 DOLLARS. SUZUKI WILL NOT REPLACE THIS SWITCH EVEN THOUGH IT RENDERS THE VEHICLE UNSAFE TO DRIVE. MOST CUSTOMERS DO NOT REALIZE THEY HAVE NO AIR BAG PROTECTION. SUZUKI IS AT GREAT LIABILITY DUE TO POOR DESIGN. THIS NEEDS TO BE A SAFETY RECALL ITEM. MANY COMPLAINTS ARE ON FILE.

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AIR BAGS

12/14/2011 - VALPARAISO, FL
PASSENGER AIRBAG LITE STAYS ON AND THE AIRBAG INDICATOR SYMBOL ON THE SPEEDOMETER REMAINS ON. WE WERE TOLD BY THE DEALER THAT THE AIR BAGS WILL NOT DEPLOY WITH THESE INDICATIONS. THE PROBLEM WAS CODED WITH A 10 DRIVEABILITY AND SAID IT WOULD BE $1100 FOR A NEW PASSENGER SEAT CUSHION. THIS IS CLEARLY A SAFETY ISSUE AND SHOULD BE REPAIRED BY SUZUKI. FAILURE AT 40,000 MILES IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.

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AIR BAGS

12/4/2011 - BAYAMON, PR
I OWN A 2008 SUZUKI SX4. A FEW TIMES THE PASSENGER AIR BAG WARNING LIGHT HAS TURNED ON. THE PROBLEM USUALLY IS SOLVED BY UNLOCKING AND REFASTENING THE PASSENGER SEAT BELT. MORE RECENTLY, (ACTUALLY LAST WEEK) THE AIR BAG WARNING LIGHT TURNED ON AND HAS STAYED ON EVER SINCE. THIS IS NOT AN INTERMITTENT PROBLEM LIKE THE PASSENGER AIR BAG WARNING. I HAVE SEEN A LOT OF OWNERS OF THESE VEHICLES, (YEARS 2007 TO 2009) COMPLAINING IN THE NET ABOUT THIS LIFE-THREATENING PROBLEM . MOST OF THEM REFER TO THE B1061 AND /OR B1312 CODES AND THEIR VEHICLES ARE OUT OF THE WARRANTY PERIOD ALREADY. THIS LEADS ME TO THINK THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A DESIGN OR MANUFACTURING FLAW IN THESE VEHICLES AND SHOULD BE PROPERLY ADDRESSED BY A RECALL CAMPAIGN BY THE MANUFACTURER AND/OR ITS REPRESENTATIVES IN THIS COUNTRY. I UNDERSTAND THESE CODES AND WARNING LIGHTS PREVENT THE AIR BAGS FROM BEING DEPLOYED DURING AN ACCIDENT AND THE COST OF REPLACING THE SEAT WITH THE SENSOR CAN RUN UP TO $2,000 PER SEAT.

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AIR BAGS

12/2/2011 - ARVADA, CO
AIRBAG LIGHT CAME ON AND TOOK TO THE DEALERSHIP. THE DIAGNOSTIC CODE IS B1312 - OCCUPANCY MAT PERFORMANCE DUE TO OPEN IN OCM. BASICALLY THERE WAS A SHORT IN THE AIRBAG CONTROLLER THAT IS BUILT INTO THE PASSENGER SEAT RENDERING ALL OF THE AIRBAGS NON FUNCTIONAL. COST FOR REPLACEMENT WAS QUOTED AT $1500 FOR THE PART PLUS $300-$500 LABOR. THIS APPEARS TO BE A VERY COMMON PROBLEM WITH SUZUKI IF YOU LOOK ONLINE YET THERE HAS BEEN NO RECALLS AND IT'S NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY AFTER 30,000 MILES. SO THE REPAIR COST COULD BE UP TO $2000 FOR A PART THAT IS FAILING LEFT AND RIGHT ON SUZUKI OWNERS RENDERING THE COMPLETE AIRBAG SYSTEM WORTHLESS SO BASICALLY TWO OPTIONS, EITHER PAY THE $2000 OR DRIVE A CAR THAT COULD BE DEADLY IN A CRASH. I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT SUZUKI CORPORATION IS OK WITH THIS?

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AIR BAGS

11/9/2011 - WARWICK, NY
I OWN A 2008 SUZUKI SX-4 CROSSOVER. THE AIRBAG LIGHT CAME ON AND STAYED ON, SO I TOOK THE VEHICLE TO MY SUZUKI DEALER TO HAVE THE PROBLEM DIAGNOSED. THE DEALER TOLD ME THAT THE PASSENGER SEAT CUSHION SENSOR WAS DEFECTIVE AND THE DEFECT WAS NO LONGER UNDER WARRANTY. THE COST OF REPLACEMENT WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $1,125 FOR A NEW SEAT CUSHION AND $250 FOR LABOR. THE DEALER DID NOT KNOW IF THIS WOULD AFFECT THE AIR BAG IN AN ACCIDENT. DUE TO THE COST, I COULD NOT HAVE THE SEAT CUSHION REPLACED AND THE AIRBAG LIGHT REMAINS ON. THIS SEEMS TO BE A COMMON PROBLEM WITH THE SX-4. THERE IS NO WAY THAT THE SEAT WAS DAMAGED IN NORMAL USE AND IS OBVIOUSLY A MANUFACTURING DEFECT. IT SEEMS THAT THIS IS A SERIOUS SAFETY PROBLEM AND THE CAR SHOULD BE RECALLED FOR REPAIR.

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