Suzuki Motor Corp. is preparing to recall 200,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. to replace a faulty airbag sensor mat that could allow the passenger airbag to deploy when it shouldn’t.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the mat could fail after repeated flexing, thus making it unable to determine the passenger’s weight. The sensor is supposed to prevent deployment if a child occupies the seat.
The recall covers 2006-2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara compact SUVs and 2007-2011 Suzuki SX4 cars. Suzuki reports more than 70 sensor mat failures but no injuries.
Suzuki is expected to begin the recall in October. Because of a shortage of parts, the company will alert owners about the problem and ask them to bring in their cars only if their airbag warning light is illuminated.
Last year Suzuki extended warranty coverage on the sensor mat to 100,000 miles or 10 years but did not issue a recall.