Citroen C3 recalled for…passenger brake

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 19, 2011

A recall has been issued for over 20,000 units of Citroen C3 Picasso cars in the U.K. for an unusual problem leading to sudden and unexpected braking. BBC News said that the brakes of the right-hand-drive models of the C3 Picasso can be applied if the front seat passengers push against the floor.

The original design of the C3 Picasso was for it to be a left-hand-drive car for mainland Europe. However, the controls were transferred to the right side for U.K. sale.

The problem stems from the fact that the right-hand brake pedal is connected via a cable to a vestigial brake pedal mechanism positioned in the passenger-side footwell. The C3 Picasso has started selling in the U.K. two years ago but this problem has only recently been discovered.

According to the BBC report, the left-hand braking assembly is only covered by a not-so-sturdy piece of felt. Since 2009, Citroen has sold 22,000 C3 Picasso models in the U.K. but it claims in its Web site that it’s the first time that it came to know of a “dual braking” problem.

Citroen will be putting in extra components so that passengers won’t be able to activate the brakes. But Citroen has announced that even if the recall work hasn’t been done yet, the cars can be driven as normal.

The new Citroen C3 could be specified with the integrated MyWay widescreen color satellite navigation system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity for portable media players. While a six-speaker audio system is provided as standard on the new Citroen C3, a new eight-speaker Hi-Fi system could be availed for a theatre-like audio experience. The carmaker has made available four gasoline engines -- two of which were co-developed with BMW – and three HDi diesel powerplants.

These engine choices meet the power and range requirement of its discerning customers, offering a maximum fuel economy (combined cycle) of 48.7mpg for gasoline models, and maximum fuel economy (combined cycle) of 74.3mpg for diesel versions.

Safety is paramount with the new Citroen C3, thanks to a package of active and passive safety equipment, like a reinforced body structure as well as the standard ABS with EBD and EBA. Customers may avail of up to six airbags as well as cruise control with speed limiter. Certain C3 versions could be specified with ESP. Citroen clients could choose from three core trim levels -- VT, VTR+ and Exclusive.

They may also opt for the Special Edition Airdream+ powered by a 1.6-liter HDi engine that produces up to 90hp of output and emits only 99 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. Gary Savage, Managing Director for Citroen UK, described the Citroen C3 as stylish and grown-up, yet fun. He quipped that the new Citroen C3 managed to keep the friendly personality and charm of the previous model while lending a fresh and bold approach to the compact family vehicle.

Savage added that the new Citroen models like the C3 demonstrate the confidence of the brand. As for the C3 itself, Savage said this new car illustrates Citroen’s determination to surpass expectations, ward off convention and provide practical benefits through Créative Technologie. Citroen will commence sales of the new Citroen C3 in the United Kingdom on January 15, 2010.

Prices -- including VAT of 17.5 percent – range from £10,790 for the entry-level 1.1i 8V 61hp VT petrol version to £16,140 for the 1.6HDi 110hp six-speed manual Exclusive variant. VTR+ versions of the C3 – offerings a great balance between value and equipment – are offered at prices starting at £12,690 for the petrol models and £13,790 for their HDi variants.

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