If the drive belt comes off, requiring the driver to use increased steering effort, or the engine stalls, a vehicle crash could occur

Electrical System — Alternator/Generator/Regulator

Date Announced
JAN 27, 2011
Vehicles Affected
Suzuki Recall #
NHTSA Campaign #
Suzuki is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Suzuki grand vitara multipurpose passenger vehicles equipped with 4-cylinder engines; model year 2011 Suzuki grand vitara multipurpose passenger vehicles produced prior to October 17, 2010; model year 2010 Suzuki SX4 passenger vehicles; and 2011 Suzuki SX4 passenger vehicles produced prior to October 14, 2010. The tension adjuster pulley for the drive belt that operates the alternator, water pump, air conditioner compressor and power steering pump, has an improperly manufactured internal spring that can break due to repeated stress. If the spring breaks, the drive belt will not be adjusted properly and can slip, causing a squeaking noise. Or the drive belt could come off causing the driver to increase to steer the vehicle. This can also cause the coolant temperature indication to rise, which can lead to the engine overheating, or can cause the charging light to come on, which can lead to battery discharge and engine stall.
Dealers will replace the tension adjuster pulley with an improved part. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall began on February 16, 2011. Owners may contact Suzuki at 1-887-697-8985 or visit Suzuki's website at www.suzukiauto.com.
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