A second recall has been issued for the Vauxhall Zafira B due to fire concerns. Updated figures show that this year alone has resulted in 14 Vauxhall Zafira car fires, whilst there have been 120 fires since 2012. It is also noted that there are some 230,000 Vauxhall Zafira B models that are affected with the fire risk. These figures do not include fires that have been deliberately caused involving the vehicle.
The fire concern points to an improper repair of the blow motor resistor and its thermal fuse, which can lead to the overheating of the electrical components. A Vauxhall spokesman has said that “the recall offers a replacement of the current soldered fuse resistor with a wax fuse resistor, new blower motor and a new moulding for the base of the windscreen to address water ingress.” These replacements are offered to improve the overall robustness of the car and prevent any fire risks.
Fire FM would like say that if you are worried that your vehicle may be one of the affected models, please call your manufacturer immediately. If, in any case you smell or see smoke within your vehicle, pull over as soon as possible once it is safe to do so and evacuate the vehicle. It is strongly advised that you stand a safe distance away, call the fire brigade and do not return the vehicle for your own safety.