Top-selling current model Commodore recalled | NEWS.com.au
ON the day it was named as Australia's top selling car in 2007, Holden has recalled 86,000 current model V6 Commodores and Statesmans because of the risk of an engine bay fuel leak that could cause a fire.
The recall affects all V6 VE Commodores and WM Statesman and Caprice long-wheelbase models built by the company since the new generation model was launched in mid-2006, following a $1 billion development program.
Holden spokesman John Lindsay said the recall was a precaution to prevent a potential fuel leak under the bonnet.
"We've got a condition where one of the fuel lines in the engine compartment has the potential to rub against a clip on an adjacent hose, so over a period of time this could potentially - and I emphasise potentially - result in a leak in the hose and a fuel smell may become evident,'' Mr Lindsay said.
"The chances of this happening are very low but obviously we are erring on the side of caution and we are administering a recall of all (V6) VE and WM Commodores since the start of production.''
The fuel leak problem had affected about 20 of the 86,000 cars affected by the recall, Mr Lindsay said.
The recall includes about 53,000 Commodores and Statesmans sold in Australia, about 5000 in New Zealand, 27,000 sold in the Middle East and 784 in Brazil.
But the lucrative export of its Pontiac G8 version of the car has not been affected because the US models use a different layout under the bonnet.
Holden will tomorrow launch a national advertising campaign to advise owners of the recall.
The company will also write to owners individually.
They will be asked to contact their Holden dealer's service or Holden's recall advice line - 1800 632 826 - to arrange for a simple repair to re-route the affected fuel line.
A similar recall of 1850 V8 models of the same car was announced in October 2006, because of a fuel line in the engine bay that was supplied to Holden by an outside company that could, under certain circumstances, be torn.
Then, a month later about 13,000 cars were recalled because of a minor fault in the rear seatbelt buckles on some cars.
The recall comes as the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries officially announced the Holden Commodore was Australia's top-selling car last year.
Last year was a bumper year for car sales, with more than one million cars sold in Australia in a single year for the first time.
This can stay sticky for a while. Just in case people seem to miss the field recall.
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good to see a precautionary recall however. in the past a fault like this may have been let go by other manufacturers. I remember the days of bean counters Vs lawyers.... cost of recall Vs potential cost in lawsuits etc
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Yeah it's good to see even though taking a big risk with critics, they are looking out for their customers / consumers safety.
To me that shows true customer service and shows that they really are out to achieve customer satisfaction. It would cost them ALOT to recal and check all the VE's.
Originally Posted by wikky
Well ve another car back to holdens.Whats going on down there 1 billion dollars and they can't get a fuel line right. IDIOTS.
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id like to see you build a perfect car with NO flaws even with 10 billion dollars. it just doesnt happen every car will have problems no matter how much is spent developing it.
there is nothing wrong with the fuel line itself, its the clamp holding another hose down that is getting rubbed through then once the outter rubber layer is gone is when it starts to damage the outer layer of the fuel line
Faults happen. Even with millions of kilometres of road and simulated testing things are bound to get over looked.
Don't see toyota's getting recalled as much.Would have thought the ve would be perfect silly mistakes happen i know QA just isn't there like A Ferrari,Mercedes or Euro Car.
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Probably because the majority of Toyota models are proven and released in far bigger markets outside of Australia. By the time they get over here, many of the early recalls would not be necessary.
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Don't kid yourself, they are far from perfect. Euro cars are no better either. Only a couple of years ago Mercedes were reeling, building some of the biggest POS' on the road. For decades the Italians and Poms were in competition to build the worlds most unreliable cars, with the frogs not far behind.