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Suzuki Grand Vitara and XL-7 SUVs set to have their own recalls over defective pulleys


In the first half of 2010, no one word has had a more profound effect on the auto industry as the word ’recall’. Just about every automaker on the planet has had an encounter with it one way or the other and, as it turns out, it’s Suzuki ’s turn.

The Japanese automaker is in the process of recalling 46,549 units of its 2006 Grand Vitara and 2005-2006 models of the XL-7 SUVs because of a defective hydraulic power assist steering pump that could lead to serious trouble for owners of the aforementioned models. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued the warning after finding out that the plastic tension adjuster pulley found in these models could deteriorate over time leading to pieces of the pulley breaking off and dislodging the steering belt, which would then make it extremely difficult for the SUVs to steer.

So if you have any of these two models, you can have them fixed at your nearest Suzuki dealer where they will replace the steering pump drive belt tension adjuster pulley - that’s a long name for a car part - free of charge.

Press Release after the jump

Source: NHTSA

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
SUZUKI / GRAND VITARA 2006
SUZUKI / XL-7 2005-2006

Manufacturer: AMERICAN SUZUKI MOTOR CORP. Mfr’s Report Date: JUN 07, 2010
Component: STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:PUMP
Potential Number of Units Affected: 46549

Summary:
SUZUKI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR MODEL YEAR 2006 GRAND VITARA AND MODEL YEAR 2005-2006 XL-7 VEHICLES. THE TENSION ADJUSTER PULLEY FOR THE DRIVE BELT THAT OPERATES THE POWER STEERING PUMP AND AIR CONDITIONER COMPRESSOR (IF EQUIPPED) HAS AN OUTER PORTION THAT IS MADE OF PLASTIC. REPEATED HEAT STRESS CAN CAUSE THE PLASTIC MATERIAL TO DETERIORATE AND PIECES OF THE PULLEY CAN BREAK OFF.

Consequence:
BROKEN PIECES OF THE PULLEY CAN GET CAUGHT BETWEEN THE PULLEY AND THE DRIVE BELT, CAUSING THE DRIVE BELT TO COME OFF AND RESULTING IN THE DRIVER NEEDING INCREASED EFFORT TO STEER THE VEHICLE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE POWER STEERING PUMP DRIVE BELT TENSION ADJUSTER PULLEY FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JUNE 25, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUZUKI AT 1-800-934-0934.

Notes:
SUZUKI SAFETY RECALL NO. SB. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .



9 comments:

Yeah, this car has a cheaper price. And it seems that they have used an cheap materials as well! I really hate those manufacture that make us drool over product and announced a recall later on.

Well, I really love the Suzuki for making a great hatchback car. And its kind of sad that they have made a recall for their product. Well, I guess that’s what you get from a cheaper vehicle.

hmm. I really hate this company that make us drool over their car and then announced a recall for a defective parts! They need to make a reliable car or else they will lose their credibility.

What’s happening to Suzuki are they planning to follow the foot step of Toyota? I’m a it disappointed on this czar brand 40, 000 units is kind of a huge volume!

Its kind of sad hearing a defective braking system. Although, the good thing is
Suzuki have admit their own mistake!I hope it would not happened again.

hmm. It so depressing to hear this recall! And the worst is it affects the braking system of the car! Heck! There’s a greater possibility of car crashed if it wasn’t fixed soon!

Just use carbon to make it better.

why in the world they are going to use a plastic materials on a high temperature and friction?

What? it took almost 2-3 years for them to know what’s the problem of their vehicles? I should inform my friend he really needs to send his vitara to suzuki service center.

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