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    Default injured vectra :(

    First off I'm new to the forum so ill just introduce myself, my names matt and I'm from Devon, very nice to meet you all. Been reading through all the posts and have gained a lot of knowledge and used a few of the how 2's so thanks for that.

    I have a 2005 1.9cdti Sri hatch and so far so good been very happy with it.
    Today though came home from work and parked on my drive which is on a hill, put my handbrake on, took my shopping out of the boot and went inside 5 minutes later I heard a bang, looked out the window and my car had decided to reverse into a corrugated steel shed luckily there was a little bank in the way which helped, but still the rear of the car is very scratched and the exhaust diffuser has come off, stops steers and goes fine though so rang my mechanic who explained it would of been because the rear brakes had got so hot they would of expanded and the handbrake would of appeared fine as it did, but then as the disks contracted the pads would of let go. Has this happened to anyone before?

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    Have you contacted your local Vauxhall dealer to find out if your cars been in for the handbrake recall?

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    No I haven't but never thought anything of it before today because I've parked there for 3 weeks and its been fine? What was the recall for do you know?

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    The handbrake recall replaces the spring in the hand lever with a much beefier one as it was quite possible (and often happened) for the handbrake to release itself.

    It's a free of charge operation that takes all of 5 minutes for the dealer to do and once done you should notice far more pressure required to press the handbrake button as well as a warning sticker on the driver's sun visor.
    Just call your local Vx Service Dept with your chassi number to check.

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    Didn't know this was such an issue will phone Vauxhall tomorrow, havent got any stickers in the visor so I should imagine its not been done, wonder if any successful compensation claims have been made? Maybe they will repair the bumper?

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    I had mine done at the local vx dealer took 2 mins to fit, But after a day i removed it cos i hated the way it felt (like an old transit handbrake), Ive never had any problems but i always apply the hand brake after pressing the foot brake firmly, Also you should always leave it in gear.

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    I use the handbrake but never trust it. Always leave the car in gear and in reverse when facing down hill.
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    I know I always leave it in gear but I was rushing needed to get the frozen out of the car before my ice creams melted then I wad going straight out again, will never be making that mistake again!

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    Always put mine in gear, second nature now

    Even If i have to get out of the car for a few seconds to get something, it's engine off, handbrake up and into gear.

    My worst nightmare is the car rolling away with the kids in the back and me chasing after it

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