Holden has confirmed that an American-market recall of GM’s small Cruze will affect Australian owners, with 2712 vehicles recalled this week.
The recall, which includes nearly 700 vehicles repaired in September last year for the same issue, centres on the car’s right front axle half-shaft, which the company says may break and separate - causing a loss of power to the wheels.
“The interconnecting tubular bar on the front right axle half shaft on some of these vehicles may not meet GM specification and could fracture and separate,” Holden says.
“If this occurs while driving the vehicle, steering and braking control would be maintained. However, the vehicle would lose power to the wheels and would coast to a stop.”
“If a vehicle with a fractured half shaft is parked on an incline without the parking brake applied, the vehicle could move unexpectedly, resulting in a possible crash or injury to pedestrians.”
Holden says the previously recalled vehicles are being recalled again due to new availability of an improved part produced for overseas models.
The company said that while there has been 39 reports from Australian owners of problems related to the drive shaft, none were from the group involved in last year’s recall.
The Australian recall applies to 1.8 litre petrol four-cylinder models only, with other models already featuring a different component to the one affected by these latest troubles.
It has also been confirmed that the recall is not related to an overseas GM recall of more than 1.2 million vehicles for faulty ignition switches.
GM is currently working to repair various faults across its global brands, with as many as 6.2 million vehicles affected overall.