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Brake test causes UK Celerio recall

2015-02-04 13:20

NEW BUDGET SUZY IN SA: Suzuki has expanded its budget hatchback offering with the Celerio - but now there are questions about a recall. Image: Wheels24 / Sergio Davids

LONDON, England - Following a condition experienced when carrying out an emergency braking test by a journalist from Autocar magazine on January 30 2015, Suzuki carried out an immediate investigation into the cause of this condition.

As a direct result of this investigation and with immediate effect, Suzuki is recalling its UK Celerio models that went on official sale to the public on February 1. This safety recall relates to retraction of the brake pedal and affects right-hand drive vehicles for UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Suzuki South Africa launched the new Celerio here in January 2015 and queries with the South African operation about any local recall resulted in a reply that the local cars "are completely safe".

SAFETY CHECKS

Left-hand drive and some some right-hand drive markets are not affected.

Suzuki UK is directly contacting its customers via its dealer network and will be providing a loan vehicle to them until full safety checks have been completed. UK sales of the Celerio model have been suspended.

The condition was experienced during an emergency braking test from very high speed and was conducted several times on a private road test facility. This test forms a part of the full test procedure carried out by What Car? and Autocar magazines.

The Celerio model has been on sale in India and Thailand since 2014.

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