Holden has announced it will recall certain models of its Cruze compact car, confirming the Australian automaker’s suspicion that the model would be wrapped up in the recall of more than 170,000 North American examples of the car. General Motors announced a stop-sale of the Chevrolet Cruze last Friday and confirmed it was recalling the cars on Saturday, just one in a series of recalls the automotive giant has issued in recent months.
The Problem: GM issued a statement Saturday notifying dealers and owners the Cruze’s driveshaft which connects the transmission to the front right wheel could “fracture or separate” on models equipped with the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. Holden Cruze models are recalled for the same reason, although the issue is confined to those models equipped with the 1.8-liter engine and 6-speed manual transmission.
Number of Affected Vehicles: Holden says 2712 vehicles are included in the recall.
The Fix: Holden recalled the Cruze for the same drive shaft defect in September 2013, but is recalling those cars again along with any similar vehicles sold since as a preventative measure after an improved part became available for overseas models. Holden says dealers will install a “new improved certified drive shaft” on the cars and are currently in the process of notifying owners.