Last week the brand-new Suzuki Celerio had been recalled just a day after it went on sale. The notice concerned potential high speed brake failure, after faults were detected on a UK media test drive.
All cars were immediately recalled, with every customer, dealer and press car returned to Suzuki GB for inspection. Today, Suzuki has issued a statement confirming a fix would be available in the coming weeks.
“A rectification by Suzuki Motor Corporation is currently being executed and delivery of modified brake components is expected to be enacted in the near future.
“Safety is of the utmost importance to Suzuki and its expects to return vehicles to customers as soon as is possible. Suzuki would like to take this opportunity to apologise to its customers and also thank them for their understanding and patience regarding this issue.”
The failures are reported to have happened on closed roads traveling at 80mph, however the issue is thought to only affect a handful of new right-hand drive models.
A spokesman from Suzuki GB announced the company was in direct contact with customers via its dealer network and is providing a loan vehicle to them until full safety checks have been completed.
The Celerio city car was completing testing off the back of a full UK media launch last week. During the first full-force braking test, it is said that all stopping power was lost immediately when the brakes were pressed. The 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, leaving the driver powerless.
According to reports, the Celerio in question was brought to a safe stop using only the handbrake and engine braking. Suzuki naturally recalled the car and delivered another for retests – but the replacement unfortunately failed again in exactly the same situation.
As a product of the failure, Suzuki is recalling all UK Celerio models effective immediately. This recall 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. Those cars are all built at the Maruti plant in India, while UK models have just begun production at the Rayang factory in Thailand.
If you think you might be affected by the recall, contact your local Suzuki dealer immediately.