Suzuki Motor Corp. has recalled 1.78 million vehicles in Japan, including Suzuki models and Chevrolet Cruzes it manufacturers in the country, because of a defect in the vehicles’ ignition switches that can lead to smoke fumes and possible grease fires. The recall covers Suzuki Alto, Kei, Wagon R, Twin and Swift models manufactured between 1998 and 2009, in addition to the Cruze models it made for General Motors LLC in Japan between 2001 and 2009. Suzuki had already called for a recall of 125,755 affected vehicles on March 31.
According to a filing with Japan’s transportation ministry, the affected vehicles feature ignition switches that can emit smoke and even potentially start a fire when grease applied to the part comes into contact with the decaying metal of the switch, which can overheat. Suzuki said it will replace the defective parts free of charge as soon as possible.
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