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PSA will call 31,000 vehicles with a 1.2 PureTech engine for review in Spain for a possible brake booster failure

The Citroën, DS and Peugeot brands will contact customers of various models with the 1.2 PureTech turbo petrol engine manufactured between 2013 and 2017 to remedy a potential brake safety issue.

The PSA Group It has become aware of a failure affecting numerous models of the Citroën, DS and Peugeot brands manufactured between March 2013 and April 2017, all of them with the 1.2 PureTech three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. The failure potentially affects road safety.

The problem was collected in the weekly bulletin number 47 published in the RAPEX (rapid alert system of the European Union), where problems with consumer products of multiple types, including automobiles, are collected. These notices oblige the manufacturer to carry out a call for review.

At the moment we are not aware of any accident as a result of this problem. This is a problem with the brake booster vacuum pump, which could stop working and substantially reduce stopping power. Consequently, the braking distance would be lengthened enough to be able to end in an accident.

DS3 Cabrio

What models are affected?

If you have a car or van from the following list, and it was registered on compatible dates, you should make a note of the VIN number and contact customer service. The engine (1.2 PureTech turbo) and the manufacturing date must match:

CitroënBerlingoC3C3 PicassoC4C4 CactusC4 PicassoPeugeot208308200830085008Partner

All these models have been manufactured in different places in Spain, France, Slovakia … The common link is the brake booster vacuum pump. This component rotates whenever the engine is on, its purpose is to enhance the force we exert on the brake pedal and the circuit to the pads.

In very old vehicles without a brake booster, a lot of force was required on the brake pedal to achieve a faster stop. These were usually drum brakes. Thanks to the brake booster, the force reaching the brake pads (or the rear drums on some models) is far greater than that of the foot.

Vacuum pump for brake booster

PSA technicians have discovered that the vacuum pump can be damaged by abrasion from the service belt. Thus, vacuum pumping may be partially or totally affected. If this coincides with more than light braking, stopping will take a lot of effort even with both feet on the pedal.

In the case of first owners of the vehicle, the manufacturer should have the updated data to contact the customer. The most normal thing will be to receive a letter from the DGT advising of the problem, which affects 19,900 Peugeot and 11,200 Citroën / DS in our country. It is advisable to remove the doubt by writing down the chassis number.

In the case of a Citroën, go to the website for checking recovery campaigns. DS Automoviles has its own, and the same with Peugeot. The chassis number or VIN can easily be found on the data sheet card, on the engine compartment on a visible plate, or on one of the corners of the front window from the outside.

Peugeot 5008 (first generation)

As is often the case in any review campaign, it has no cost to the customer, regardless of whether it is a model under warranty or without it, and whether you are faithful to the official technical service or not. The RAPEX notice does not take into account other engines.

In the beginning, there is no need to worry unnecessarily, since the failure has been detected preventively. If the vacuum pump should fail, it would be suddenly and without warning with a witness or alert from the on-board computer. You do not have to drive in any special way to avoid this possible failure. The brake pedal would sink more than normal without appreciating a stop at the expected rate, until it becomes very hard.

Nor does it affect any Opel model with the aforementioned engine., and there is no need to worry about it. In any case, regardless of the car you have, the contact details with the DGT (basically, what appears in the circulation permit, the postal address) must be updated to be notified in time and form of a possible call to review.