Suzuki has launched a nationwide recall campaign in Japan that affects only one car. That’s not a typo. There is apparently only a single 1996 Suzuki Cappuccino with the problem, and rather than reach out to the owner directly, the company issued a standard recall as if it impacted thousands of cars. Even more amazing, the problem was a minor oversight at the factory that didn’t change the car’s operability one iota, and it took them 21 years to realize it.
Suzuki released an official recall to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on February 6, as reported by Jalopnik, and the reason was that the engine didn’t have it’s K6A stamp on it. That’s it. The Cappuccino in question is the car with serial number EA21R-102188 as denoted in the official recall campaign. How they even realized they forgot to stamp a single engine over two decades ago is beyond us.
Suzuki included a illustrated instruction of what is missing on the particular vehicle. Essentially the car works perfectly fine, it just needs this stamp on it due to a possible issue during the car’s Shaken test.
But here’s the kicker. Where most manufacturers would just have a the engine brought in so they could stamp the engine number on it, Suzuki’s recall is giving the owner a whole new engine. Luckily for Suzuki, they still produce this engine for th Jimny and the Caterham 7, so sourcing a new one isn’t a problem.
Essentially, the owner of this car just got a lucky break because their 21-year-old engine gets replaced from the factory, for free, with a brand new K6A with zero miles on it. For the owner of this car the timing is perfect because, at around 20 years old, emissions and road worthiness tests will force a slew of small repairs that nickel and dime the owner. Most people in Japan with a car that old to begin to question if they want to keep it and often when that decision lands on a “no,” they sell it and the car ends up exported to another country like the US or Canada.
What wows us so much here at Japanese Nostalgic Car, in an era of fudging emissions tests and blatantly hiding serious safety recalls, here’s Suzuki going out of their way to make sure that every single car they make is the best that they can be. Hats off to Suzuki for being the real MVP.