Another 47,000 Vauxhall Zafira MPVs recalled over fire risk

Latest action follows recall of 235,000 similar cars three years ago

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Vauxhall is recalling 47,000 more of its Zafira models because of a fire hazard, following similar action three years ago after it was found almost 235,000 others could burst into flames.

In December 2015, the British manufacturer – now owned by Groupe PSA – launched a recall for 234,948 Zafira B models to fix air conditioning-related issues that could see the MPV catching fire.

Now nearly 50,000 more examples of the car have been included in the alert – specifically those with electronic climate control, which had previously been deemed safe.

A Vauxhall statement said: “Vauxhall Motors considers the safety of its customers very seriously. Through continual testing, we are launching a recall of some Vauxhall Zafira models to replace the heater blower motor and regulator. These are the second-generation models – Zafira B – built between 2005 and 2014, that were fitted with electronic climate control (ECC). There are 47,000 such cars in the UK.

“In agreement with the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency), 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.”

Vauxhall Zafira on fire

DVSA investigating Zafira fires

Earlier this year, the DVSA confirmed it had launched a criminal investigation into Zafira fires in conjunction with trading standards officers at Luton Borough Council.

Andy Rice, DVSA head of counter-fraud and investigations, said DVSA’s priority was to protect people from unsafe drivers and vehicles.

The agency has a code of practice outlining how vehicle manufacturers must deal with potential safety defects in their products, and Rice said: “We have made it clear to manufacturers that to protect consumers they should swiftly rectify problems and meet their obligations under the code of practice.

“DVSA will take the necessary action against any manufacturers who fail to comply with their obligations.”

If you own a Vauxhall Zafira and are not sure whether your car is affected by the recall, get in touch with your local Vauxhall dealership.

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Stuart Masson
Stuart Masson
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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