Only affecting JH Holden Cruze models fitted with a 103kW/200Nm turbocharged 1.4-litre engine and six-speed automatic transmission, built between February 22, 2011 and June 8, 2012, the fault relates to a micro switch in the braking system causing an electric vacuum pump, which normally assists the brake booster, to not engage.
According to the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) product safety recalls website, “when the engine is cold and does not have enough vacuum, the braking performance of the vehicle will be reduced, which poses a potential crash hazard."
Holden senior public relations and technology communications manager Andrea Matthews told CarAdvice the fix involves the replacement of the defective micro switch, which should take one hour to complete, and will be completed at no cost to owners. Matthews said Holden is notifying owners of the affected vehicles by mail.
Though no injuries related to the recall issue have been reported, Matthews said there has been one incident of a car losing braking performance while in a driveway.
The local recall is part of a wider global campaign that has included approximately 894 Cruzes in New Zealand and nearly 293,000 Chevrolet Cruzes in the US and Canada.