Holden to recall 9500 Cruze cars

Car maker Holden has recalled more than 9500 locally built Cruze cars to check on a problem that could lead to an engine fire.

The company says the precautionary recall is in response to a recall by General Motors in the US of certain Chevrolet Cruze models.

It says a condition had been identified where the lower air deflector, also known as the belly pan, could catch oil that might drip from the engine if an oil change was not done properly.

If oil makes contact with hot engine parts, such as the exhaust manifold or catalytic converter, a fire could occur.

Holden says there have been no reported cases of engine compartment fires in Australia or New Zealand related to this condition.

The company's director of warranty, customer satisfaction and quality Craig Porritt said safety was Holden's number one priority.

"We believe Australia's high standards in servicing procedures significantly reduce the risk of improper oil changes which almost eliminates the risk of a thermal incident," Mr Porritt said in a statement on Wednesday.

"However we will always err on the side of caution when it comes to initiating safety recalls and campaigns."

Holden said the recall affected about 9547 Cruze vehicles in Australia fitted with a 1.4 litre petrol engine and the company was contacting customers directly to arrange for the free modification of the lower air deflector under the engine.

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