Holden has today recalled just shy of 8000 turbo-diesel Cruze small cars in Australia over a potential fault with the driveshaft — three months after it recalled thousands of petrol versions over the same issue.
The potential fault, which affects 7885 vehicles in total including 7338 made in South Korea and 547 made in Australia, could cause the car to come to a standstill during a sharp right-hand turn at low speeds.
The vehicles in question were built between 26th February 2009 and 31st December 2010 in Korea, or 19th October 2010 and 9th May 2011 in South Australia. All models affected feature an automatic transmission.
General Motors Holden will contact all affected owners and request they visit their local dealer for an inspection and, if necessary, their car will be fitted with a new driveshaft. Such a repair takes about one hour, according to the company.
The Australian recall is part of a wider GM Korea investigation into the diesel Cruze’s driveshaft. In April this year, Holden recalled 2712 Cruzes fitted with the entry 1.8-litre petrol engine and manual gearbox, including more than 600 for the second time in just over six months.
A Holden spokesperson told CarAdvice today that 28 cases of driveshaft failure have been reported in this instance, but no accidents or injuries have occurred as a result. Any failure would occur at low speeds, minimising any occupant risk.
In a company statement submitted this week to its dealers and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), GM Holden said specific conditions could see a faulty driveshaft separate.
“The separation may occur if a tight right-hand turn is made at low speed, while encountering a speed bump, sharp pothole or gutter which causes an overextension of the driveshaft,” the statement said.
If separation occurs, when the vehicle is in motion, the vehicle would lose power and coast to a stop. Steering, braking and all other safety systems remain functional.”
Today’s recall on the Cruze comes less than a week after Holden issued two recall campaigns on its other Australian-made car, the Commodore. That car was also the subject of two other recall campaigns in May and June respectively.
In a troubled year for Holden’s parent company GM, the US brand has recalled more than 28 million vehicles worldwide over a host of issues, the latest being a recall of 8.4 million vehicles last week. About 33,000 of these were US market Cruze models made in 2013/14 with potential airbag issues, the fault of third-party supplier Takata.