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Citroen C3 recall - the car with two brake pedals
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French car maker Citroen has recalled more than 20,000 examples of the C3 Picasso because of a fault with the brakes.

It has been discovered that the car's brakes can curiously be applied from the passenger foot well.

This is due to a fault with the manufacturing process, during the car's conversion from left- to right-hand-drive.

Part of the braking mechanism runs below the passenger foot well and is covered by a thin piece of felt, which can be pressed easily by anyone sitting in the front passenger seat and activate the brakes.

Citroen will fit all the affected cars with a brake isolator, though it said there was only a remote possibility of the problem occurring. It is offering the repair to C3 Picasso owners free of charge.

The issue was brought to light when cleaning company in Kent, which has three C3 Picassos on its fleet, contacted the BBC's Watchdog consumer programme.

The resultant episode aired on May 19, but Citroen said that it had not been made aware of the problem before the Watchdog programme.

Speaking to the BBC, motoring engineer Mark Brown, who examined the cars, said: "It's potentially very dangerous indeed because the passenger wouldn't know he's the one activating the brake. The driver wouldn't know what's going on, and the people behind wouldn't know what's going on."

Tim Shallcross of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, added: "Citroen must investigate the problem as a matter of urgency. If the driver's control of the car can be compromised, they must take action to modify all cars, via a recall if necessary."
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I remember Skodas having this problem years ago, when they were unusual cars rather than rebadged VWs. Maybe driving instructors should use them - cheaper conversion to dual controls. Just remove the carpet. Smile
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I saw that on watchdog last week.

Can you imaging the consequences of driving round a wet roundabout and the passengers slams on the brakes for you? scary.
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New shape Fiat Panda/500 had this problem too
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Yeah. May be in a 5 or 6 years they'll make a changes Smile
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(23-05-2011, 09:15 AM)steve valentine Wrote:  Can you imaging the consequences of driving round a wet roundabout and the passengers slams on the brakes for you? scary.

The concept of two brake pedals.... does this mean that with dual input the vehicle will now stop twice as fast or in half the expected stopping distance :?::?::?::brickwall::brickwall::brickwall::lol::lol:

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My mother in law has one ( which is how we acquired our 2nd bingo). I'd have to say if I was going to replace the bingo I would look at one of these. To be honest car recalls have been going on for years whoever you buy from. It wouldn't put me off buying a car. Look at the song and dance about the Prius in the states, nothing was ever proved. Lets not forget mk 2 bingos had suspension recalls, and the mk 3 might be heading down that road too. Of course not forgetting my Ford work vehicle needing a jubilee clip mod to stop a power steering failure!

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I agree that most vehicles have recalls at some point. I have got dual input every time Mrs C. is a passenger
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