More than 1200 Suzuki Jimny SUVs have been recalled in Australia due to a fault with the baby four-wheel-drive's steering system.
The recall affects a total of 1288 Suzuki Jimny models built between May 7, 2012 and March 24, 2014. The reason for the recall is due to a potentially defective fastening bolt located where the lateral rod and axle housing meet.
According to the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) product safety recalls website, the fastening bolt joint may become loose and the steering wheel may vibrate.
"In the worst case, the bolt can drop off and the steering function may be compromised," the notice states. "This can pose a hazard to the driver and other road users."
Suzuki Australia national public relations manager Andrew Ellis told CarAdvice that all affected vehicles will be inspected and have the related bolt replaced taking "no more than 30 minutes" and at no charge to owners.
With no related incidents reported, the Japanese brand's local division says it will be contacting all customers via mail.
Able to trace its lineage back to 1969, the 1.3-litre four-cylinder-powered third-generation Suzuki Jimny has been on sale in Australia since 1998 and currently starts at $20,490.
A revised Jimny will launch later this year with standard electronic stability control.