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by Tim Beissmann

Holden has recalled more than 13,000 CG Captivas for an intermediate shaft inspection after two cases of suspected mechanical malfunctions.

The official recall notice on the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s website reads:

“In some instances, the intermediate shaft which connects the steering column to the steering rack may become disconnected. If the intermediate shaft becomes disconnected, this may result in a loss of steering control.”

Holden’s Kate Lonsdale said letters were sent to owners at the beginning of the year and the inspections are already underway, with no additional defective cases found.

“Safety is our key priority and it’s more a precautionary measure bringing cars in for inspection. It’s just to check that the intermediate shaft is in the right place, that it’s secure, and that would be it.

“We don’t expect there to be many but if on the odd chance it wasn’t [right] then it would obviously be corrected. It would take all up about 45 minutes,” she said.

Ms Lonsdale encouraged consumers to act on the side of caution and take their cars in as soon as possible for the free-of-charge inspection if they had not done so already.

“It has affected 13,086 vehicles within Australia and that’s just on a production date. We’ve gone from start of production in June 2006 to December 2007 just to be on the safe side.”

The ACCC’s official product safety recall notice can be found at: http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/971575




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