Suzuki Motors Corp. of Japan announced Monday that it will be recalling more than 100,000 of its Swift hatchbacks worldwide. The automaker’s plans to market the vehicle in the U.S. remain uncertain.
Defective hose could leak fuel
The Japanese automaker says it will call back 109,000 of the five-door vehicles because of a possibly defective fuel filler hose that may, in a worst case scenario, cause a fuel leak and increase the risks of a fire.
Four incidents reported
Prior to announcing the recall, Suzuki said that all Swifts produced between September 2010 and April 2012 may have a defect that could lead to a fuel leak. The announcement was precipitated by four reports of fuel leaks in Japan, although none of them led to fires or injuries.
A Suzuki spokesperson said:
“There have been no reports of such defects abroad. About the exported cars, we will deal with them in keeping with local procedures of the countries concerned.”
More than half in Japan
More than half of the affected vehicles — 55,146 — are on Japanese soil, in the automaker’s back yard. Another 53,801 units were exported to various locales, such as Australia, Mexico and several European nations.
Previous Canadian Swift re-branding
The Suzuki Swift is not available in North America. Previously, Suzuki sold a subcompact with the moniker Swift — in three-door and five-door versions — in Canada, but it was a marketing re-badge of the platform known throughout most of the world as the Suzuki Cultus.
The current third-generation of the Swift was launched over most of the globe in 2010.
The Suzuki Swift Sport
Rumors have abounded that the much-anticipated Suzuki Swift Sport — the stylish, 1.6-liter, four cylinder hatchback based on the S-Concept unveiled at the Geneva auto show in 2011 — will make it to U.S. shores. So far, however, those rumors remain just that.
‘Fun is a bonus’
BBC’s Top Gear said of the economic sub-compact:
“The Suzuki Swift is a little tearaway, serving up more fun than its power or price would have you believe. … You’re looking at canny budget motoring with no nasty financial surprises. That’s the reason people buy Japanese small cars: the Swift’s sense of fun is a bonus.”
This week’s recall sounds hauntingly familiar following March’s recall of 93,000 Swifts for defects in the fuel system. Again, just about half of those affected cars — 45,800 — were in Japan.