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Car company Suzuki has suspended UK and Ireland sales of its just-introduced Celerio hatchback following a braking problem

Car company Suzuki has suspended UK and Ireland sales of its just-introduced Celerio hatchback following a braking problem

Car company Suzuki has suspended UK and Ireland sales of its just-introduced Celerio hatchback following a braking problem

Car company Suzuki has suspended UK and Ireland sales of its just-introduced Celerio hatchback following a braking problem.

The 1.0-litre Celerio only went on sale in the UK at the weekend and new British owners, thought to number around 100, have been advised not to drive their cars.

The brake problem emerged during test runs carried out by drivers from What Car and Autocar magazines at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedford, with What Car? saying that two cars had been affected.

What Car? added that, in testing the first car, all stopping power was immediately lost upon application of the brakes.

It said the brake pedal became stuck in the fully depressed position and had no effect on the Suzuki's speed. The magazine said there was a repeat of the brake failure when a second car was tested.

Suzuki said the recall "relates to retraction of the brake pedal and affects right-hand-drive vehicles for UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand". "The condition was experienced during an emergency brake test from very high speed and was conducted several times on a private road test facility."

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