Vauxhall Zafira Owners Face 'Concerning' Second Recall In Just Six Months

Fire Safety Issues Put Nearly A Quarter Of A Million At Risk

24.05.2016

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Thousands of Vauxhall Zafiras are to be recalled for the second time in six months over a problem that has seen the cars burst into flames.

Expert product liability lawyers at Irwin Mitchell are concerned by the recall and have urged the car manufacture to conduct a thorough investigation into the latest issues.

In December, Vauxhall wrote to all 234,938 Zafira B owners regarding the initial problem in which improper repairs of the blower motor resistor and its thermal fuse could lead to overheating of the system's electrical components and the potential for a fire.

Figures from the London Fire Brigade show that so far this year firefighters have attended 14 Vauxhall Zafira car fires.

Announcing the new recall, a spokesman for Vauxhall said: "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.”

As a result, Zafira owners are being urged to contact their local Vauxhall authorised repairer to arrange a free safety inspection.

Kevin Timms, an expert product liability solicitor at Irwin Mitchell, is worried by the large number of recalls in the car industry and feels this latest recall cannot be taken lightly.

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Expert Opinion
“Obviously the consumers’ wellbeing has to be the priority so it is important to state that we praise Vauxhall for making a sensible decision.

“However, it is time to question why and how we are in this position, only six months on from their first recall due to overheating issues.

“It is concerning that Vauxhall believe further steps were needed to deal with this issue, and we would question why this was not dealt with sooner. Vauxhall must prioritise a thorough investigation to find out how this has happened, what should have been done differently and what can be done to prevent it happening in the future.

“When buying a car, consumers expect it to be safe and for proper safety checks to have been carried out by the manufacturer.

"Having two recalls in six months undermines public confidence and more needs to be done to avoid such a situation from happening again.

“If Vauxhall need to review their quality assurance processes and consider changes then it is a small price to pay to restore public confidence, or more seriously to avoid potential injuries because of an electrical fault.”
Kevin Timms, Solicitor