My Renault Scenic's parking brake has failed - is this common?

My Renault Scenic recently had an issue where the handbrake cut in and would not allow the car to move. After contacting the dealer we were told to drive it backwards and forwards, as this would release the mechanism. After this failed we were told to use the manual release in the boot. Once released, the brake no longer worked so it was taken to a main dealer to sort. We have now been told that the electric motor and linkage needs replacing and been informed that there have been issues when releasing the manual lever, as the computer still thinks it needs to be used so continually works, damaging the unit. Has anyone had the same issue?

Asked on 11 August 2010 by nigel castles.

Answered by Honest John
Yes, this can happen on various makes and models fitted with electric parking brakes.
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