Re: passenger brake facilty
I wonder what the modification may be. Could it be fur-lined ankle cuffs for the front seat passenger.
Having a look at the footwell in my Scenic, there is also a pipe in a more risky place than the connecting rod. A casually placed heavy object rammed into the footwell could easily kink or damage it.
Not been brought up on Watchdog yet, so can't be a safety concern.