Suzuki Celerio sales halted after brake failure

Suzuki Celerio

It only went on sale yesterday, but Suzuki has already halted UK sales of its new Celerio supermini after two models suffered a complete brake failure during a magazine road test.

Autocar reports the brake pedal remained in the fully depressed position, and had no effect on the car's speed, during a high-speed stop test from 80mph on a private test track. Forcing the pedal back into its return position and reapplying it also did not alter the car's velocity.

Suzuki GB is currently investigating the failure and has advised owners not to drive their cars. Affected customers will be given courtesy cars as an interim measure until the cause of the brake failure is identified.

Suzuki dealers have also been barred from giving test drives in the Celerio until the problem has been rectified.

A Suzuki GB statement released today said: 'Following a condition experienced when carrying out an emergency braking test by a journalist from Autocar magazine on January 30, 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. It does not affect left-hand drive vehicles or other right-hand drive markets.

"Suzuki 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 now been temporarily suspended."