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Safety recalls from Saab and Suzuki

23 January 2006

Possible fires in engine bays and lost wheels have sparked the first two safety recalls of the year from Suzuki and Saab.

Suzuki's recall on the previous-generation Grand Vitara 4x4 is the bigger of the two campaigns, and covers 5917 diesel models built between September 2000 and February 2004.

Suzuki has found that cable connections in the glow plugs could short-circuit and lead to a fire in the engine bay. Potentially affected vehicles carry the following vehicle identification numbers:

JSAFTD82V00100030 to JSAFTD82V00130521
JSAFTD83V00100027 to JSAFTD83V00112033
JSAFTB83V00100015 to JSAFTB83V00201418
JSAHTX83V00200033 to JSAHTX83V00201418
JSAHTX83V00300002 to JSAHTX83V00303065.

Saab's recall covers 456 of its 9-3 models with the vehicle identification numbers 00000006*102*4205 to 00000006*102*7871. It says the manufacturing process of the rear wheel bearing assembly may not have been correct.

Owners may notice a rumbling noise which, if left unchecked, could in some cases result in the complete detachment of the hub from the axle and a lost wheel.

The owners of affected vehicles are being contacted by both manufacturers with the offer of free checks and remedial work at their nearest dealership.

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