Suzuki Celerio has suspended its sales operations in UK and Republic of Ireland after the car encountered brake failure while it was being tested by journalists of two automotive publications-Autocar and What Car?.
The reason behind the total brake failure is being investigated by the representatives of Suzuki Motor Corporation in Japan and Suzuki GB.
“With reference to the condition experienced when carrying out an emergency braking test by a journalist from Autocar magazine on January 30, Suzuki is carrying out an immediate investigation into the cause of this condition,” says a statement issued by Suzuki GB.
“The condition was experienced during an emergency brake test from very high speed and relates to retraction of the brake pedal,” Suzuki GB states.
The sales operations of Suzuki Celerio has been suspended in UK after this incident and the dealers have been told not to conduct test drives on the Suzuki Celerio until the issue is rectified. Even the owners have been advised not to use the cars.
As per Autocar UK, “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.”
Though such an incident has not been encountered in India but this incident pesters us to think whether the Indian versions are safe?