Suzuki recalls Kizashi, SX4 to fix shifter defect

The shift selector can be moved from \'park\' without depressing the brake pedal, allowing the car to unexpectedly roll away.

Suzuki has issued a recall for the 2010-2013 SX4 and the 2010-2013 Kizashi, affecting more than 60,000 vehicles.

The company has cited a problem with the shift selector, which sometimes allows the transmission to be moved out of 'park' without first depressing the brake pedal. The shift-lock failure is said to be caused by a combination of a tilted detent pin and high temperature conditions.

The issue can allow the vehicle to unexpectedly roll away, increasing the risk of a crash and injuries, though it is unclear if any accidents have been blamed on the defect.

Service technicians will install a new shift selector assembly to resolve the problem, with repairs expected to begin by late January.

Photo by Ronan Glon.

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