BBC News – Citroen C3 Picasso UK recall over 'passenger brake'

29 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on BBC News – Citroen C3 Picasso UK recall over 'passenger brake'
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UK recall #039;passenger brake#039;

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A BBC Watchdog investigation that although the brake had been switched to the right, it connected to a mechanism on the left side.

Citroen is recalling than 20,000 of its C3 Picasso in the UK because of concerns the brakes can be from the passenger side.

The arises because of the way the car is made in then modified for right drive for UK export.

A BBC Watchdog investigation found the could still be engaged a cable under the passenger

Citroen said although was a remote possibility, it is offering a free modification to the UK vehicles.

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Citroen investigate the problem as a matter of

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Urgent problem

The BBC TV consumer was alerted to the problem by a Kent-based cleaning company, Town Cleaners, which has three of the vehicles in its fleet.

The firm discovered it when one of their travelling at 70mph (112kmph) on a found his car suddenly screeching to a

The programme has since tested two C3 Picassos on sale at dealerships in east England – of which have the same The model has been on sale in the UK for the two years.

Motor engineer expert Brown, who examined the cars, that the braking mechanism the passenger floor was easy to – as it was only covered a thin piece of felt.

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potentially very dangerous because the passenger wouldn#039;t he#039;s the one activating the brake. The wouldn#039;t know what#039;s on, and the people behind wouldn#039;t what#039;s going on.

I think Citroen should a good close look at and seriously consider recalling the and fitting some sort of permanent cover to protect the mechanism.

Tim Shallcross, Head of Policy for the Institute of Advanced added: Citroen must the problem as a matter of urgency. If the control of the car can be compromised, they take action to modify all via a recall if necessary.

In a statement to Watchdog, Citroen there had been no reports of the before the Watchdog programme, but of a remote possibility it could it announced a recall.

The recall require the fitment of an additional to isolate the braking mechanism the front seat passenger, the continued.

The company said the would be free at Citroen

In the meantime, C3 Picasso owners continue to use their cars as Customers wanting further or information are asked to call the Contact Centre on 01753 or to email

Watchdog be on BBC One on Thursday 19 May at 2000BST. Watch at BBC iPlayer afterwards or catch up on the consumer investigations at BBC Watchdog .

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