GM’s Vauxhall British brand is recalling 220,000 models of Zafira B to investigate fire-related issues after numerous reports of worrisome incidents.
Vauxhall is bound to recall for inspection around 220,000 of its Zafira B after many incident reports revealed some very serious fire-related issues. According to initial investigations by the company, evidence so far has shown the fires could be down to improper repair of the blower motor resistor and its thermal fuse, which is designed to protect the blower motor system, said Rory Harvey, the company’s chairman and managing director. The decision comes after posts on Twitter, Facebook and pictures in trade publications have shown Zafira B cars with engines under fire. So far, it has been revealed at least 133 fire-related cases. Rory Harvey said that letters to owners will be sent in which the company will request them to visit their local dealer for an inspection of the vehicle’s heating and ventilation system, paid for by the company. The letters will be distributed beginning with November 12.
The company’s chairman also said that “In addition, it should be noted that if you are the first owner of your Zafira B and your heating and ventilation system is functioning well and your car has never been subject to any repair in this area, there should be no risk of a fire starting”. Vauxhall has declared that only some right-hand drive models were affected. These cars were sold primarily in the UK and in which the design of the heating and ventilation system is different than on left-hand drive cars.