The same recall that affected late-model Nissan Frontiers we announced here just after Christmas will also require the Suzuki Equator to follow the same protocol, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For those who may not know, the Suzuki Equator is a clone of the Nissan Frontier, rebadged with Suzuki logos and a few stylistic and packaging changes.
Suzuki is recalling a small number — 73, largely because not many new Equators have been sold in the past few months — of its 2011 and 2012 Equator pickups because of faulty bolts connecting the engine oil cooler and the engine oil filter to the engine. The same sensors and resulting problems could ensue.
Suzuki will notify owners by Jan. 19. The repair to the engine connector bolts will be covered by each owner's vehicle warranty, Suzuki says.
For more info, owners can call Suzuki at 714-996-7040 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.