Suzuki is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Grand Vitara and 2011 Suzuki SX4 in the United States. Rhe tension adjuster pulley for the drive belt that operates the alternator, water pump, air conditioner compressor and power steering pump, has an improperly manufactured internal spring that can break due to repeated stress. If the spring breaks, the drive belt will not be adjusted properly and can slip, causing a squeaking noise or the drive belt could come off causing the driver to increase to steer the vehicle. This can also cause the coolant temperature indication to rise, which can lead to the engine overheating, or can cause the charging light to come on, which can lead to battery discharge and engine stall.
If the drive belt comes off, requiring the driver to use increased steering effort, or the engine stalls, a vehicle crash could occur. Dealers will replace the tension adjuster pulley with an improved part. This service will be performed free of charge. Indian Grand Vitara ans SX4 is not affected and is not being recalled due to different suppliers of parts.