2015 Suzuki Celerio brake failure UPDATE
Following two high profile emergency braking failures by What Car? and Autocar in the UK, Suzuki GB has announced it has found a a solution for the 2015 Celerio.
SUZUKI GB RELEASED a statement last night saying it, together with engineers from Suzuki Motor Corportation, had identified the cause of the emergency brake failure and “a rectification by Suzuki Motor Corporation is currently being implemented and delivery of modified brake components is expected in the coming weeks”.
While Suzuki hasn’t revealed the problem, it’s believed the fault is within the brake pedal release mechanism and that the ‘problem’ component is only fitted on right-hand drive cars sold in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.
UK sister publications, Autocar and What Car? were carrying out an emergency brake test from 80mph (128km/h) when the brakes failed with the brake pedal falling to the floor and staying there. A combination of engine braking and the handbrake allowed the testers to slow the car down. Suzuki was informed and a test was performed on a second car with the same result.
Suzuki GB immediately (February 2) suspended deliveries and sales of the 2015 Celerio which had gone on-sale on February 1. At the same time as that, the Celerio was being tested by Australian motoring media but as the car hadn’t officially gone on-sale here no ‘recall’ was announced. However, Suzuki Australia grounded its media fleet as well as dealership pre-orders.
Practical Motoring contacted Suzuki Australia at the time but was told nothing other than the fact that because the car hadn’t gone on-sale here there was no need for a recall. Suzuki Australia boss later told PM he had no idea when the Celerio would go on-sale. A Suzuki dealership PM contacted said the Celerios it had ordered hadn’t arrived and that it had no idea why, telling us it hadn’t heard of the brake issue in the UK.
We have reached out to Suzuki Australia for a comment and will update this article when we hear back.
A statement from Suzuki GB said : “Safety is of the utmost importance to Suzuki and it 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.”