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by Tim Beissmann

Holden has recalled more than 25,000 diesel-powered passenger vehicles because of a potential manufacturing defect with the cars’ fuel feed hose.

The recall affects 25,417 Captiva Series 1, Cruze Series 1 and Epica vehicles fitted with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine.

The official recall notice published on the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission website explains that, “In affected vehicles, the fuel feed hose could potentially leak diesel fuel, resulting in a fire hazard.”

The 16,181 affected Captiva models were produced between February 11, 2008 and January 2, 2011. The recall only applies to Series 1 models and only the larger Captiva 7 medium SUV, not the compact Captiva 5.

The 6512 affected Cruze vehicles were built between November 4, 2008 and July 20, 2010. The recall also applies only to Series 1 vehicles. No Cruze cars made in Australia are subject to the recall.

The 2724 affected Epica models were produced between February 1, 2008 and January 2, 2011.

Holden’s Kate Lonsdale said the local manufacturer was notified of the defect by GM Korea. Ms Lonsdale said there had been a few cases of fuel smells and fuel leaks in Australia, but no reported cases of fires or accidents related to it.

She said all affected owners would be contacted by mail and were advised to contact their authorised dealership for inspection and rectification. Ms Lonsdale said Holden engineers would replace the fuel feed hose in every recalled vehicle in a service that could take up to 90 minutes to complete.