More than 750,000 Corsas could be affected by fires
09 December 2016
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
More than three-quarters of a million Vauxhall Corsas built since 2008 could be affected by problems that may cause them to burst into flames.
According to an investigation by The Sun newspaper, 865,000 Corsa D and E models suffer from a heater wiring issue that can cause fires to start behind the dashboard.
The Sun commissioned a report from the GBB engineering group after investigating the issue for three months with a number of owners complaining their cars had burst into flames.
Philip Hoyes, who authored the report, said the issue was similar to one that sparked recalls of 234,938 Zafira MPVs earlier this year.
"The resistive heating associated with Zafira B has also been identified in the heater wiring harnesses of Vauxhall Corsa D models," he told the paper. "A fire-damaged Corsa D, with a history of wiring harness damage, was examined to reveal an origin of fire in the region of the heater system."
In the wake of the report, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency confirmed it has launched an investigation into the fires.
"DVSA's first priority is to protect everyone from unsafe vehicles and drivers. We are investigating reported faults with Vauxhall Corsa D and E models. We've also made it clear that it's vital that Vauxhall should be doing everything possible to ensure the safety of its customers and their families," DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn told the newspaper.
Responding to the report in The Sun, the manufacturer said: "Vauxhall has no confirmed reports of vehicle fires originating in the vehicle heating and ventilation system of the Vauxhall Corsa D/E".