It’s not often that a manufacturer needs to recall cars but when they do, you’re guaranteed it’s for nothing trivial. In this case, Holden has issued the “please come and see us” for around fifty thousand cars, including the Barina, Captiva, Epica and Viva, with the cars concerned built between 2007 to 2010, depending on the vehicle involved, due to a corrosion issue in the brake control unit. The corrosion could lead to a sticky valve in the control unit, potentially leading to “diminished performance”.
The Barinas involved cover over 8000 cars from 2009/2010, 3700 or so Epicas from 2008 to 2010, well over 11000 Vivas (did they REALLY sell that many?) from 2007/2008 and a whopping 27000+ Captiva series 1 from 2008 to 2010.
According to General Motors Holden spokesperson Kate Lonsdale, they’re not aware of any incidents in Australia but “…we want to bring the cars in to double-check as a precautionary measure,” she said. Naturally, there’s no cost to any buyer of one of these vehicles and you’re being asked to contact your local Holden dealer ASAP.