Is Driving a Certain Car Your Ticket to Traffic Court?

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Look, just because you drive a Subaru WRX doesn't mean you're more likely to be the type of person who exceeds the speed limit or breaks other traffic laws. OK, it actually does mean that, but we're not the ones saying it, Insurance.com is. The auto-insurance rate-comparison website analyzed online quote info from more than half a million drivers and more than 500 car models between January 2013 and July 2014, and identified the cars most likely to be used in the commission of a traffic offense. Coincidentally, a fifth of the list is composed of competitors in Cars.com's $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge in which the WRX scored the fastest times.

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According to the study, one in three drivers of the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Subaru WRX compact performance sedan has had a traffic violation for an offense such as speeding, failure to yield or drunken driving in the past three years, making it the No. 1 most-ticketed car.

By Matt Schmitz | September 30, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2010-2013 Suzuki Kizashi

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Vehicles Affected: More than 19,000 model-year 2010-13 Suzuki Kizashi sedans manufactured between October 2009 and July 2012

The Problem: Spiders may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent hose, blocking it and causing the fuel tank to have an excessive amount of negative pressure. This could cause the fuel tank to crack, resulting in a fuel leak and increasing the risk of a fire. This problem has affected at least three other automakers, including Honda, Hyundai and Mazda, in recent years, most recently resulting in an April 2014 recall of 42,000 model-year 2010-12 Mazda6 sedans.

The Fix: Suzuki began notifying owners on Aug. 12, and dealers will replace the evaporative canister vent line with a vent line that has a filter on the end. If the canister is found to be obstructed by a spider web, the fuel tank will also be replaced. The automaker will do all work for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Suzuki at 800-934-0934, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2004-2006 Suzuki Verona

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 26,000 model-year 2004-06 Suzuki Verona sedans manufactured between June 2003 and October 2005

The Problem: Heat may be generated within the daytime running lights module in the instrument panel, which could melt the module, possibly causing a vehicle fire.

The Fix: Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the DRL module in the instrument panel for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Suzuki at 800-934-0934, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 29, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2004-2008 Suzuki Forenza, 2005-2008 Suzuki Reno

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 184,244 model-year 2004-08 Suzuki Forenza vehicles and 2005-08 Suzuki Reno vehicles manufactured from Sept. 1, 2003, through July 30, 2008

The Problem: Too much heat generated by the headlamp could melt the headlamp switch or the daytime-running-light module, increasing the risk of fire and injury.

The Fix: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the remedy for this issue is still under development.

What Owners Should Do: Suzuki has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Suzuki at 800-934-0934 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | May 23, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2006-11 Suzuki Grand Vitara, 2007-11 SX4

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 193,936 model-year 2006-11 versions of the Grand Vitara SUV and 2007-11 SX4 compact cars.

The Problem: Over time, the occupant classification sensor mat installed in the front passenger seat may fail due to repeated flexing of the mat from seat use; during a crash necessitating deployment, the airbag will deploy regardless of whether the front-seat occupant is an adult or a child, increasing the risk of an injury.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the front passenger seat cushion assembly, which includes the affected sensor mat, for free. Vehicles that previously had a countermeasure occupant classification system sensor mat installed under the special coverage campaign conducted by Suzuki distributors in the U.S. are not affected by the recall.

What Owners Should Do: Sufficient quantities of parts are not currently available to repair all affected vehicles, so the automaker will begin notifying owners in October and then make a second notification when parts are available. Owners can call Suzuki at 714-996-7040 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2007 Suzuki XL-7

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Suzuki is recalling 2,830 model-year 2007 versions of the XL-7 SUV due to problems with the fuel pump, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured from June 13 through Dec. 22, 2006, (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb) and originally sold or currently registered in Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas. These vehicles have a fuel pump module that could crack and leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

Suzuki has not yet provided an owner notification schedule, but dealers will inspect and replace the defective parts for free. Owners can call Suzuki at 714-996-7040 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 28, 2012 | Comments (0)

Suzuki Demand Rises After Bankruptcy Announcement

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We’ll take shameless credit. Following Suzuki's bankruptcy announcement of its U.S. arm, shoppers are responding to our endorsement of the nimble Kizashi. Or maybe all that Christmas eggnog is going to our heads. Still, Bloomberg News reports Suzuki is sending around 2,500 more cars here to meet demand, which surged after the Nov. 5 announcement. Sales in November increased 22.1%, and Suzuki dealers report strong December figures, too.

But it's too little, too late. Suzuki restructuring officer M. Freddie Reiss told Bloomberg the automaker will sell only about 22,000 cars in the U.S. this year. Seven in 10 Suzuki dealers sell fewer than five cars a month. Compare that to 2006 and 2007, when a slate of small cars plus the Chevrolet Equinox-related XL7 helped the automaker break 100,000 units.

Cars.com currently has just 1,994 Suzukis in stock — a dwindling figure for a carmaker that sold 23,412 cars through November. By comparison, Scion sold nearly as many tC coupes this year, and Cars.com has 3,995 examples in new-car inventory.

By Kelsey Mays | December 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

Honda Shines, Toyota Falls in Latest IIHS Crash Tests

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The 2013 Toyota Camry sedan and Prius v hybrid (above, right) failed a new crash test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that simulates a frontal impact overlapping a small portion of the car — say, piling into a tree from your left headlight. IIHS announced today its test of 18 model-year 2013 family cars. It's the largest yet for the so-called "small overlap" frontal test that many luxury brands failed in August 2012.

At the other end, the Honda Accord sedan and nearly-defunct Suzuki Kizashi (above, left) earned IIHS' top score, Good; 11 other cars — including the Accord coupe — earned Acceptable ratings. The IIHS rates cars Good, Acceptable, Marginal or Poor. Of the 18 cars tested, the Toyotas scored Poor, but the Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Malibu and Volkswagen Jetta sedan scored Marginal.

By Kelsey Mays | December 19, 2012 | Comments (7)

Suzuki Reaches Settlement With Dealers

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A month after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, American Suzuki Motor Co. announced it has reached a settlement with 98% of its dealers.

The automaker has reached an agreement with 213 out of 219 of its dealers and is hopeful it will be able to strike a deal with the remaining six dealerships by the Dec. 28 deadline.

These settlements compensate dealers and allow them to continue to operate in a service capacity and provide warranty and repair services for Suzuki vehicle owners. Suzuki has said that all warranties will continue to be honored and parts and service will be provided through the automaker's dealer network. Suzuki's new-car warranty provides coverage for 36 months/36,000 miles, whichever comes first, and powertrain coverage for seven years/100,000 miles.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 5, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 Suzuki Kizashi: Get to Know it Before it's Gone

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The Suzuki Kizashi isn't the most familiar name when talking family cars. Like most, I'd never even heard of a Kizashi, and I was expecting a cheaply made budget car that's similar to an off-brand DVD player you'd find at a big discount store.

After test-driving the 2013 Suzuki Kizashi, I found it's a well-equipped midsize sedan that delivers a comfortable ride and modern conveniences at a lower price than many of its competitors. Now that Suzuki's U.S. operation has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, this is the time to find a deal making the Kizashi's price even more of a family-friendly feature.

With a base price of $20,794, including a $795 destination charge, the Kizashi is nearly $1,700 less than a 2013 Honda Accord ($22,470) or 2013 Nissan Altima ($22,490), and it's $2,056 less than a 2013 Toyota Camry ($22,850).

By Carrie Kim | November 16, 2012 | Comments (7)

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