The recall affects all new Grand Vitara models sold in Australia since August 2008 equipped with the 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. The recall aims to correct a global issue. Suzuki Australia’s Andrew Ellis confirmed there had been no reports of accidents or injuries in Australia related to the defect.
The official recall notice on the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) website lists the vehicle identification number ranges of the affected vehicles:
- JSAJTAA4V00100033 – JSAJTAA4V00211614
- JSAJTDA4V00100075 – JSAJTDA4V00218489
The ACCC recall notice reads:
“The engine drive belt tension adjuster pulley, which maintains tension of the engine drive belt for various ancillaries, has been found to potentially have an incorrectly manufactured internal spring.“Reduced tension in the belt may result in the dashboard warning lamps illuminating. In the worst case the belt may dislodge from the power steering pulley and the driver will need to increase efforts to steer the vehicle.”
Mr Ellis explained Suzuki Australia would write to all owners of affected vehicles advising them to contact their authorised Suzuki dealership for inspection and replacement of the tensioner assembly.
He said the recall would be conducted free of charge and would be a very quick process, taking less than an hour in most cases.
In the US, the Suzuki SX4 has been recalled alongside the Grand Vitara to correct a similar defect, although Mr Ellis confirmed there was no recall of SX4 vehicles in Australia.