Safety Recall: Almost 10,000 Holden Cruzes affected

Holden is recalling 9,547 locally-built Cruze small cars due to a potential fire risk in the engine.

The company reportedly identified a condition which can in some cases cause the lower air deflector, also known as the belly pan, to “catch oil that might drip from the engine if an oil change is not done properly,” said a company statement.

“If oil makes contact with hot engine parts such as the exhaust manifold or catalytic converter, a fire could occur.”

The recall affects certain MY12 and MY13 Cruze models that are fitted with a 1.4 litre petrol engine and were assembled in Elizabeth, South Australia.

Holden advises that the recall is a precautionary measure only, “In response to General Motors’ recall of certain Chevrolet Cruze models in North America.”

Holden’s director of warranty, customer satisfaction and quality, Craig Porritt, said the company was voluntarily initiating the recall as safety is Holden’s number one priority.

"We believe Australia’s high standards in servicing procedures significantly reduce the risk of improper oil changes which almost eliminates the risk of a thermal incident," Porritt said.

"However we will always err on the side of caution when it comes to initiating safety recalls and campaigns. Even if there have been no reported cases in our market we will take action to assure our customers and their vehicles are safe."

Holden says it will contact customers on an individual basis “to arrange a free-of-charge rework which involves the modification of the lower air deflector under the engine.”

Last year, Holden Australia customers were affected by two recalls; 11,000 Jazz (hatch) and City (sedan) were recalled in February, and 1,957 Hummer H3s were recalled in July, both due to potential safety risks.