The recall involves both the newer VF Commodore and WN Caprice models and the previous-generation VE Commodore and WM Caprice, with the vehicles affected having been built between 27 February 2013 and 31 October 2013. Holden says 27,074 cars are affected in total.
According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's product safety recalls website, the recall is for "the driven gear in the wiper motor" which "may fail due to incorrect grease application".
The hazard, according to the site, is that "if the defect occurs, the windscreen wipers may not work and visibility may be reduced, potentially posing an accident hazard to the driver and other road users".
The recall affects cars within the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) range of 6G1EK8E49CL711575 - 6G1NP5E21EL946263. Holden has confirmed the fix will take approximately one hour at no cost, and that owners will receive a letter that will ask them to call a Holden dealer to book their vehicle in for an inspection. Customers with any questions can contact their Holden dealership or the Holden Recall and Rework Assistance Centre on 1800 632 826.
The news comes just one month after Holden announced a recall involving 40,000 VF Commodore and WN Caprice models over a wiring fault.
Holden's parent company General Motors is also in the midst of a recall storm, with more than 20 million vehicles called back in North America since the start of 2014 over various faults including a high-profile ignition switch problem.