The defect is to do with the vehicle’s steering system, which is as far as the official distributor of Suzuki vehicles in Malaysia has shared with us at the moment.
All affected vehicles have been requested to have their vehicles inspected at an authorised service centre between now and January 30th, 2016. Suzuki Malaysia has mentioned that it will check and replace the “steering system” for free, if necessary – again, finer details of what entails “steering system” haven’t been made clear with Carlist.my as yet.
*Update: We've managed to get in touch with a representative from Suzuki Malaysia, who told us that the matter surrounds water potentially leaking into the steering system - to what extent and what potential danger, we're told that this is only a "minor" issue. Incidents were first reported on various Swift models of the kind in Thailand, and Suzuki Malaysia is taking pre-cautionary measures to prevent such instances happening locally.
Suzuki Malaysia has shared with us that up to 6,991 Suzuki Swift 1.4 units have been affected, of which there are 900 CBU units, and 6,091 CKD units. No previous injuries or accidents were mentioned or reported to the best of our knowledge.
Owners of the previous-gen Suzuki Swift 1.5 model need not worry. On the matter, this is what Suzuki Malaysia Automobile Sdn Bhd’s Managing Director, Keiichi Suzuki, had to say:
“Reliability and durability have always been hallmarks of the Suzuki brand while the Swift is often associated with impressive driveability. The Suzuki Preventive Measure Campaign is one of Suzuki Malaysia Automobile’s many initiatives to ensure a safe, reliable and rewarding ownership experience for all Suzuki Swift owners in Malaysia.
“It is one of many programs we have planned with our customers in mind for 2015. Together with them, we aim to create a positive synergy that truly reflects the brand’s ‘Way of Life!’”
For more information, contact Suzuki Malaysia Automobile toll free number 1-300-88-6699 or visit www.suzuki.net.my .