Citroen is to recall more than 20,000 C3 Picassos after evidence emerged that the car’s brakes can be inadvertently activated by the front-seat passenger.
The fault stems from the manufacturing process during the C3 Picasso’s conversion from left-hand drive to right-hand drive for the UK market.
A cable in the passenger footwell could be pressed by the passenger, operating the braking system.
An engineer told the programme it was only covered by a thin piece of felt, meaning the cable was “easy to press”.
The problem was exposed by the BBC programme Watchdog, and was first noticed by a cleaning company, Town and Country Cleaners, which uses three of the cars.
Citroen issued a statement to Watchdog, saying: “as there is a remote possibility that the conditions featured in your programme could be replicated, we have taken the responsible decision, in association with the Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA), to recall all right hand drive UK supplied C3 Picassos.
“The recall will require the fitment of an additional component to isolate the braking mechanism from the front seat passenger. “