TURIN - Opel Italia has been hit by a recall of Corsas built in South America. And a Fiat Auto recall in South America could affect models in the Palio range sold in Europe.
As part of a program to fix a seat-belt problem, Opel parent General Motors recalled the Argentina-built Corsa station wagon last month.
Italy is the only European country to import the Corsa wagon from South America. Opel Italia has sold 9,200 Corsa wagons.
No other European imports were affected by the GM recall, which also included about 1.3 million Brazil-built Chevrolet Corsas.
All other European markets sell the three and five-door Corsa hatchbacks and vans that are built in Germany, Spain and Portugal.
In a statement announcing the recall, Opel Italia said the Corsa wagon's front passenger seat-belt fixing could come loose. The same problem caused the Chevrolet Corsa recall.
A similar problem with seat-belt fixings has forced Fiat Auto to recall 320,000 units of its Palio family in South America. The recall affects the Palio hatchback and station wagon, and the Siena sedan and Strada pickup.
Fiat would not say whether any Palio family models sold in Europe would be recalled.