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by Matt Campbell

Sales of the Suzuki S-Cross small SUV are currently on hold in Australia at the request of its Japanese head office, due to an officially unspecified issue.

However, we understand the issue relates to the airbags of the S-Cross, though the precise nature of the problem is unclear. Suzuki Australia has pledged to sort the issue within days.

Suzuki Australia general manager of automobiles, Andrew Moore, told CarAdvice that the brand has been told to “hold retailing” the S-Cross, but couldn’t divulge any further detail.

“I don’t have any information,” he said. “We’re expecting to hear back in the next few days.

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“Until we get more details we haven’t planned a course of action,” he said when asked if Suzuki Australia is working on a fix for whatever the problem may be.

“We haven’t received any information based on what it may be,” he said.

To hold the sale of a product on the open market indicates a serious problem, and any implication relating to airbags is enough to make a manufacturer wince in the wake of the Takata airbag scandal, which has affected more than 53 million vehicles worldwide and allegedly lead to the deaths of at least six people and injuries to hundreds.

Suzuki itself is likely still feeling the sales impact of a recent stop-sale on the Celerio small hatchback, which was pulled from sale after just days on showroom floors due to a problem with the braking system.

Stay tuned for more.