Holden recalls almost 14,000 Commodores over brake defect


General Motors has recalled almost 14,000 Holden ZB Commodores due to fears the vehicle’s brake booster could fail.

A recall notice for the European-sourced machine says the car’s brake booster may fail due to a manufacturing defect.

“If this occurs the stopping distance in the un-boosted condition would exceed the distance prescribed by the Australian Design Rule (ADR) 31/03,” the notice says.

The ZB Commodores were the final generation of Holden’s iconic nameplate, and were not made in Australia but imported.

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The recall affects 13,898 cars in the country with models between 2017 and 2020 impacted.

If a ZB Commodore’s brake booster were to fail it “could increase the risk of an accident causing serious injury or death to vehicle occupants and/or other road users”.

Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by General Motors Australia and New Zealand and asked to contact their local dealer to have the Electronic Brake Control Module (EBCM) software updated, free of charge.

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Holden finished assembly of locally-built VF Commodores in Elizabeth, South Australia in 2017. The German-built ZB Commodore took its place in showrooms until it was phased out when Holden decided to retire the Commodore name in December 2019.

Holden announced plans to end sales of all new cars in Australia weeks later in February 2020, before closing its local business at the end of that year.