Holden says Commodore not affected by GM recall

The updated Holden Commodore VF has avoided the recall applied to Chevrolet Camaros in the US, even though both cars use the same key and ignition system.

News Corp Australia reports that over 500,000 Chevrolet Camaros have been recalled in the US because its airbags can be disabled if the driver bumps the ignition switch with his/her knee while driving.

Even though the Camaros is based on the Australian-made Commodore VF model, the Commodore was previously tested and found not to have the problem.

Holden spokesman George Svigos told News Corp Holden engineers re-testd the Commodore VE and VF models when they heard about the Chevrolet Camaro problem, but found no problem.

Therefore, no recall was necessary here in Australia.

The Chevrolet Camaro recall was one of four separate overseas recalls by GM last week.And earlier this month, 15 GM executives were sacked as a result of their handling of a separate vehicle recall. In that case, faulty ignition switches in vehicles led to the deaths of at least 13 people.

As Time reports, GM CEO Mary Barra, who released a report into the deaths by US Attorney Anton Valukas, was not one of those sacked. However, she accepted responsibility for the incident on behalf of the company.

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