Vauxhall to recall more than 234,000 Zafiras over fire risks
19 May 2016
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Vauxhall Zafira owners are being invited into dealerships so the manufacturer can carry out "preventative action" to protect the cars from the risk of catching fire.
The issue affects 234,938 owners of the Zafira B model, built between 2005 and 2014. Vauxhall previously wrote to these customers in December informing them of an issue which could affect their vehicles.
An internal investigation found there was evidence of improper repairs to the blower motor resistor and its thermal fuse, which led to overheating, causing fires.
"Since then we have been conducting a recall programme designed to return vehicles to their original condition," a Vauxhall statement said.
However, the firm will conduct a second recall to replace the current soldered fuse resistor with a wax version in order to "reduce the opportunity for manipulation".
Vauxhall will write to affected customers to inform them of the second recall, and again from August to invite them in to carry out the repair work.
"Owners of vehicles which have not yet had the initial recall completed should still bring their vehicles to their dealership to have them returned to their original condition," the statement added.