Holden VF Commodore, WN Caprice Recalled Over Defective Seatbelts

The ever-increasing General Motors recall saga continues with a safety campaign in the land down under. No less than 41,993 Holden VF Commodore and WN Caprice vehicles from the 2014 model year are called back for a seatbelt issue.
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The statement transmitted by Holden to the media says that the safety belt fault has been identified after an isolated case at the automaker's South Australia assembly plant triggered an internal investigation. Almost 4,000 of the affected cars are located in NZ.

The call back operation involves most of the Australian-produced VF Commodore and WN Caprice built from May 2013 onwards. The statement explains that "A condition has been identified where the pretensioner wiring harness on certain MY14 VF Commodore and WN Caprice vehicles may make contact with a bolt at the base of the seat belt buckle assembly,"

"In this circumstance, if the pretensioner wiring harness develops wear as a result of contacting the bolt, the airbag warning light may illuminate on the instrument cluster and there is a risk that the pretensioner may not deploy in the event of an accident." Fortunately, there have been no reports of accidents or injuries resulting from the aforementioned cause.

Naturally, owners affected by this safety recall should contact the nearest dealership in order to schedule an inspection. If their vehicles are found to be equipped with faulty seatbelts, the replacement operation will come at no costs whatsoever. Nevertheless, the timing of this safety flop couldn't be more perfect - a few weeks ago, Holden announced its biggest ever financial loss. Specifically, the Australian manufacturer reported that during the 2013 financial year it has lost AUD 553 million (496 million U.S. dollars at current rates) after tax.

Unfortunately for Holden owners and enthusiasts, the company has recently revealed that it'll halt operations and cease to exist as a brand by the end of 2017 due to dwindling sales volumes and increasing competitiveness from imported carmakers.
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