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Holden recalls latest Sportwagon

Take a seat: Certain Holden Series II Sportwagons have been recalled after a fault was discovered in the rear seat folding mechanism.

Faulty rear seat locks force recall for 1500 Holden Commodore Sportwagons

24 Dec 2010

GM HOLDEN has recalled some of its latest Series II Commodore Sportwagons to fix rear seat assemblies that might collapse forward under emergency braking or collision, putting passengers at risk.

About 1500 Sportwagons built from about November 12 to December 15 are involved in the safety recall, which requires owners to take their vehicle to their dealer for inspection and, if necessary, rectification. Only about 260 of the vehicles have made it into customer hands, with the remainder in the Holden supply chain or dealer stock.

The problem involving the locking mechanism of the split-fold 60-40 rear seat backs was discovered in Holden’s internal testing, and there have been no reports of incidents in the field.

It seems the locking pins in the mechanism might not mesh correctly, making the seat backs vulnerable to folding forward under sudden impact.

Holden senior product communications manager Jonathan Rose said the timing of the recall – right on Christmas – was unfortunate, but safety was Holden’s number one priority.

“Although this is very much a precautionary measure, it is our duty of care to inform customers as soon as an issue comes to light,” he said.

“Dealers are now attempting to phone affected customers and arrange for them to bring their car into a dealer for a free-of-charge inspection as soon as practical “Inspection and rectification will take up to 30 minutes to complete.” The Series II Sportwagon was launched in September, but the only vehicles affected are in the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) range 6G1E#8E###L501618 to 6G1E#8E###L521695 (the hash symbol represents a character not relevant to determining an affected vehicle).

If a customer has any questions, they can contact their Holden dealer or the Holden Assistance Centre on 1800 632-826.

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