General Motors Australian unit Holden has issued a safety recall for VE Commodore, WM Statesman and Caprice models, involving around 13,000 vehicles.

The recall is in relation to a potential issue regarding rear seat belt buckles.

No customer cases have been reported but Holden is taking this action on advice from the relevant buckle supplier after the issue was detected during routine testing.

The supplier has advised there is potential for the rear seat belt buckles' internal spring, which operates the internal latch plate, to be bent during manual assembly of the buckles. In the unlikely event that this occurs, the tongue latch plate may not fully engage which may allow the belt to unlatch.

The supplier has modified assembly to an automated process and acknowledged full responsibility for the rework activity.

The recall involves a total of 12,830 VE and WM vehicles (with tag numbers between L563891 and L859064) sold in Australia - 11,584 (including 452 HSV vehicles), New Zealand - 1,199 (including 123 HSV vehicles) and South Africa - 47.

All affected customers will be informed in writing by Holden and all three rear seat belt buckles with be replaced at no cost to the customer.

GM Holden executive director engineering, Tony Hyde, said: "We have received no reports of this issue appearing in customer cars but we are taking this action regardless."