Suzuki Celerio brake failure

The Celerio made its European debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show last year

Suzuki has extended a recall of its new Celerio car to more countries after UK tests uncovered brake problems.

New Suzuki Celerio sales in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand have been suspended and owners have been told not to drive the cars. This follows reports of brake failure during testing of the £8,000 car by UK motoring magazines What Car? And Autocar. The new Suzuki city car went on sale in the UK last weekend, and it is believed that about 100 are on the road today.

"With immediate effect, Suzuki is recalling its UK Celerio models that went on official sale to the public on February 1st," the car manufacturer announced in a statement:

"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."

There is thought to be around 40 Suzuki Celerio cars are affected in Ireland, where they went on sale just over the weekend. The Suzuki's UK office was unsure at this stage exactly how many cars will be recalled in Australia and New Zealand, where they were launched last year.

What the Magazines Say

What Car? Explained that two Celerios suffered total brake failure during 80mph deceleration tests at a private facility, the Millbrook Proving Ground, in Bedford.

The magazine commented: "During the first full-force braking test all stopping power was immediately lost upon application of the brakes".

"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."