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GM Holden recalls nearly 46,000 vehicles in Australia, NZ

A General Motors subsidiary said Monday it would recall nearly 46,000 cars in Australia and New Zealand.

WASHINGTON: A General Motors subsidiary said Monday it would recall nearly 46,000 cars in Australia and New Zealand.

GM Holden ordered the recall -- of about 41,933 VF Commodore and WN Caprice in Australia and 3,744 in New Zealand -- due to concerns the front-seat seatbelt mechanism could face potential "wear" problems.

The recall marks embattled GM's 30th so far this year.

GM's Australian subsidiary "is investigating a potential safety issue with the wiring harness on front seats in certain model year 14 VF Commodore and WN Caprice vehicles," GM spokesman Alan Adler said.

"Safety is our first priority and we will contact our customers directly if any action is required after the local investigation is finalised."

Adler said that no problems were found on currently deployed vehicles and that the probe began after a plant submitted an "isolated report."

Since the beginning of the year, the top US automaker has recalled more than 13 million cars and trucks in North America for manufacturing and safety problems, as it battles criticism that it hid for years faulty ignitions tied to numerous accidents and 13 deaths.

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