Suzuki Halts Sales of Celerio After Brake Failure in Testing

Suzuki suspended sales of its Celerio in UK, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand after a repeated brake failure while tested by British magazines Autocar and WhatCar.

Two press cars failed the 80mph (~130km/h) emergency brake test during measured trials in Milbrook Proving Ground.

The reviewers reported that, “the brake pedal became stuck in the fully depressed position and had no effect on the Suzuki’s speed. No braking effort could be exerted by forcing the pedal up and reapplying it. The combined use of the handbrake and engine braking allowed for controlled deceleration of the Celerio to a safe stop”.

The recall affects right-hand drive models available in the aforementioned countries with Suzuki claiming that the cars sold in Japan, India and Thailand are not affected. Existing owners in the UK are told not to drive them and Suzuki will provide a loan vehicle to them until full safety checks have been completed. The recall affects all 100 Celerios that are currently registered in the UK.

By Michael Karkafiris

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