In response to General Motors recall of certain Chevrolet Cruze models in North America, Holden New Zealand has announced it will initiate a precautionary vehicle safety recall on Australian-built MY12 and MY13 Cruze models fitted with a 1.4 litre petrol engine.
A condition has been identified where, in some instances, the lower air deflector also known as the belly pan, can catch oil that might drip from the engine if an oil change is not done properly. If oil makes contact with hot engine parts such as the exhaust manifold or catalytic converter, a thermal could occur.
There are no reported cases of engine compartment fires in New Zealand related to this condition.
General Manager Sales & Aftersales, Terry McEwan, said safety was Holden’s number one priority and it was initiating the recall as a precautionary measure.
“We take pride in Holden’s high standards and servicing procedures which we believe significantly reduce the risk of improper oil changes and eliminate the risk of a thermal incident,” Mr McEwan said.
“When it comes to initiating safety recalls and campaigns we will always err on the side of caution especially when it comes to customer wellbeing and safety.
“There have been no reported incidents in New Zealand however, we will take action to assure our customers their vehicles are safe.”
The recall affects approximately 629 Cruze vehicles in New Zealand.
Holden is contacting potentially impacted customers directly to arrange a free-of-charge rework which involves the modification of the lower air deflector under the engine. This will take approximately 40 minutes to complete.
If a customer has any questions regarding this safety related recall campaign, they can contact their Holden Dealer.