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Holden recalls Korean cars over diesel leak

Diesel drama: Holden has recalled more than 16,000 Captiva SUVs over a possible fuel leak.

25,000 Captiva, Cruze and Epica diesel cars recalled by Holden over fuel line leaks

23 Nov 2011

HOLDEN has issued a safety recall for more than 25,000 South Korean-built diesel cars to fix a possible leak from a defective fuel line that could pose a fire hazard.

The recall applies to Series 1 Captivas, Cruzes and Epicas, all fitted with the same 2.0-litre diesel engine.

The problem with the fuel line made by a supplier was discovered by GM Korea, but Holden subsequently found examples of the leaking pipe in Australia. However, no fires or accidents have been reported.

Holden senior product communications manager Kate Lonsdale told GoAuto that the problem became evident from either leaking fuel under the car or a smell of diesel fuel.

The recall involves 16,181 Series I Captivas that gained the diesel engine in 2007. Series II Captivas – introduced in February this year – are unaffected.

The recall also involves 6512 Series I Cruze diesels made between November 2008 and July 2010, and 2724 Epica diesels built from February 2008 and June 2011.

13 center imageLeft: Holden Cruze and Epica.

Holden has blamed a manufacturing defect on the fuel feed hose from a supplier, saying it could potentially spring a leak.

The company says it will write to all owners of affected vehicles, asking them to contact their Holden dealer to arrange inspectional rectification.

The recall is the second relating to a Holden fuel feed leak for Cruze. Last year, Holden recalled 10,462 JG Cruzes because of a faulty fuel feed hose connector in the engine bay.

About 4000 Cruzes were also recalled this year to fix rear seat belt anchors.

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