Vauxhall recalls 47,000 cars over fire risk
THE CAR manufacturer has recalled around 47,000 Zafira cars in the UK due to a fault recently identified ‘which could lead to a fire’.
Consumer rights organisation Which? reported on the recall, stating that the recall is for Zafira B models that have an electronic climate control heating system, with the site stating that the manufacturer has estimated there are about 47,000 of the models on UK roads. The recall will see the company replace the heater blower motor and regulator, and follows recalls in 2015 and 2016 when over 200,000 Zafiras were recalled due to an issue with the air conditioning system.
Vauxhall explained to Which? that it was ‘investigating a small number of incidents of potential melting and fires within the blower motor regulator of the heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit’ of the Zafira B models with electronic climate control (ECC). The recalls in 2015 and 2016 were due to the cars being ‘at risk of fire due to the possibility of poor repair work previously being carried out on the resistor’s thermal fuse’.
A secondary recall in 2016 had also been launched by Vauxhall, which has been involved in a criminal investigation in 2018 following a Transport Committee report, which concluded it was ‘too slow to begin investigations’ after receiving the first report of a Zafira fire in 2009. The latest recall affects cars built between 2005 and 2014, with ECC equipped models having been ‘left out of previous recalls’.
The company stated that it ‘considers the safety of its customers very seriously’ and that it was aiming to replace the parts stated on ‘all affected models’. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) commented: ‘The DVSA’s priority is to protect everyone from unsafe drivers and vehicles. We have continued to monitor Vauxhall’s progress and actions to rectify faults found on the Zafira B […] We will continue to monitor the situation.’
For those who might be affected, the DVSA said that details of the recall will be shown on its website ‘within a week’, and Vauxhall added: ‘In agreement with the DVSA, we will write to owners using the keeper address data from the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) advising them to contact a Vauxhall retailer to arrange to have the work carried out free of charge. Letters will start to be sent out from the end of this week.’