|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Models: Suzuki Swift Year: 1997
Number Involved: 1,198
Dates of Manufacture: July 1996 - March 1997
Defect: On certain vehicles equipped with an automatic transaxle, the
shift lever appears to be in "Park," but can easily be moved from the
"Park" position without the use of the key, transaxle lever detent button, or
depressing the brake. If the shift lever were to come out of "Park" while the
vehicle is parked on a sloping surface, the vehicle could roll, increasing the risk of a
Remedy: Dealers will replace the shifter assembly. Until the vehicle is
serviced, owners are advised that when shifting to "Park," they should always
apply the parking brake before releasing the service brake. Owner notification began Oct
18, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should
contact Suzuki at 1-714-996-7040.
[NHTSA Recall No. 98V225002/Suzuki Recall No.
NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall
notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with
Federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive
notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair
work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.