General Motors’ Australian arm, Holden, is recalling certain model year 2013 Holden Volts over an intricate issue that results in the vehicle’s internal combustion engine starting up unbeknownst to the customer, resulting in the potential buildup of carbon monoxide.
The problem: if the driver forgets to turn the vehicle off when exiting and does not heed the associated warning beeps, the battery may deplete to a level sufficient for the Volt’s internal combustion engine to start up in order to maintain charge in the electrical system. The engine may continue to run until the vehicle runs out of fuel.
If the vehicle runs for long periods of time in a closed environment, carbon monoxide could build up and potentially cause harm to customers.
Affected vehicles: model year 2013 Holden Volt made between May 7, 2012 and Mar 20, 2013. Affected build range is from 5G8RZ6E41DU100024 to 5G8RZ6E45DU140316.
Number of affected vehicles: unspecified.
Owners should: expect a letter from Holden notifying them of the required action. In the meantime, owners may contact Holden using the information below.
- Holden customer service (phone): 1-800-033-349
- Holden customer service (email): [email protected]
- PRA number: 2015/14609
- A rebadged Chevrolet Volt with the steering wheel on the right side of the vehicle, the Holden Volt is built at General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan, USA.
- It was recently discovered that General Motors will not offer a second-generation Holden Volt.
- The U.S.-market Chevy Volt was recalled in March in the Untied States over the same issue. The recall added an idle time-out function to the car’s software that limits the time that the vehicle can be left in the “on” position. The update was applied free of charge.