Second 'fire risk' recall for Zafiras

Second 'fire risk' recall for Zafiras

More than 200,000 motorists face having their Vauxhall Zafiras recalled for a second time over a problem that has resulted in dozens of cars bursting into flames, it has been announced.

Last December Vauxhall recalled nearly 235,000 Zafira Bs. Owners were told that improper repairs to the cars' blower motor resistor could cause electrical components to overheat and start a fire.

As a result the manufacturer started replacing the people carriers' resistors and their thermal fuses late last year.

But the manufacturer says it will now write to owners again so it can recall the vehicles for a second time and improve their systems' "overall robustness".

Vauxhall says motorists who have not yet had the work from the first recall done should still take their Zafiras to dealerships.

Motorists are not being charged for the work and Vauxhall says it expects to send out letters asking them to return their cars to dealerships for a second time in August.

A Vauxhall spokesman says: "While the current action achieves the objective of returning vehicles to their original condition, after extensive investigations we have decided to go further and improve the overall robustness of the system.

"We will therefore be initiating a second recall to replace the current soldered fuse resistor with a wax fuse resistor so reducing the opportunity for manipulation.

"When the recalls are complete, all vehicles will have a new wax fuse resistor, a new blower motor and a new moulding at the base of the windscreen to address water ingress."

Last November London Fire Brigade revealed it had attended 71 non-arson fires involving Zafiras since 2013. That compared to only 38 incidents over the four previous years.

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