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The popular Holden Captiva 5 and 7 family SUV range was subject to a recall this week involving 2951 units made between 2007 and 2010, because each has the potential to turn on its ignition without driver input. 

The Holden recall campaign affects Series 1 CG Captiva models produced between February 22, 2007 and November 25, 2010, within the VIN range KL3CG26RJ7B075395 to KL3DF26FJAB116292.

According to the recall notice placed on the website of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the issues surrounds a potential wear condition in the ignition key cylinder actuator trigger.

This, the statement reads, “may allow the vehicle starter motor to crank the engine if the key is left inside the ignition key cylinder and in the “OFF” position, while the vehicle is parked”.

“If, when the vehicle is parked, the ignition key is left in the ignition cylinder, the manual transmission is left in gear and the park brake is insufficiently applied, the vehicle may move unintentionally when the starter motor cranks the engine,” the release adds.

The recall affects variants with a manual gearbox only, with the vastly more popular automatic model not included. If a manual car is started in gear without the clutch depressed, it will lurch forwards. By extension, if it cranks itself…

Holden told us today that it has received seven reports of engine self-cranking, though no reports of injury or damage. All affected owners will be contacted.

Over the years of 2007 to 2010, the Captiva range was one of the top-selling SUVs in its class. Over the period, Holden sold around 47,000 units — the vast majority being autos.

It’s the first Captiva recall since December 17, 2013.




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