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Fiat warns dealers of fuel shut-off problem

FIAT has alerted its dealer network to a potential problem with the fuel shut-off switch on the Bravo and Brava ranges. Research suggests the switch may be activated on some cars when the passenger seat is suddenly pushed back while the vehicle is moving. The device is designed to stop petrol spraying over a hot engine in case of an accident.

Although the handbook warns that the driver should not adjust any seat while the car is moving, an investigation by BBC programme Top Gear revealed that sudden movement of the passenger seat can lead to the engine cutting out without warning - potentially endangering driver control of the car. Fiat said it did not know how many cars could be affected, but it was taking the problem seriously. The Italian manufacturer said it would order a recall if necessary.

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