On 21 July, due to a problem with external door handles on the companyâ€™s Ignis, Suzuki notified the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism that they would be conducting a recall of these vehicles.
Only one type of car is subject to the recall, that being the Ignis, specifically those produced between 8 January, 2016 and 28 June, 2016, totaling to 15,437 units.
Due to an improper handle design, when the handle is pulled, the moveable portion of the handle that absorbs moisture and expands comes into contact with the handleâ€™s case, whereupon it gets caught and cannot be returned to its original position. Because of this, the door will not properly lock which can, in the worst case scenario, cause the door to come open while driving.
In terms of fixing this issue, all vehicles will have their handles replaced with replacement handles where this issue is not present. However, as it will take time to prepare the replacement handles, the company will first alert owners to the dangers of this issue and will contact them again when preparations for the vehiclesâ€™ handles to be replaced are completed.
There have been 38 instances of this issue occurring, though there have been no accidents or injuries reported. Suzuki was made aware of this issue from complaints made by customers.
[Translated by Bryce Clarke]