Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain 2004-2006 Veronas, which were manufactured between June 2003 and October 2005. The recall could potentially involve 25,899 units of the affected vehicles. The recall was sparked by the discovery that in the affected vehicles, there may be excessive heat generated within the daytime running lamp (DRL) module that could cause the module to melt. Such melting of the DRL module could potentially cause a vehicle fire and result in injuries to vehicle occupants.
Suzuki will be notifying owners and dealerships will replace the DRL module at no additional cost to owners of the affected vehicles. For additional information owners can contact Suzuki at 1-800-327-4236 or online at www.safercar.gov.
In 2013, nearly 22 million vehicles were recalled and of those recalled vehicles seven million were recalled because a federal agency initiated an investigation, typically based off consumer complaints. But in 2013 about 15 million recalls were the result of the automakers reporting a problem. Toyota led the nation with the most recalls, followed by Chrysler, Honda and Acura.
Recalls can arise for any number of reasons such as defective design or defective parts. Sometimes a defect is readily noticed and injuries can be avoided, while other defects are latent and are only discovered after consumers complain or suffer injuries, which can be as severe as death.