Vauxhall is again reminding hundreds of thousands of zafiras in connection with a long-term fire risk problem, despite a two-stage withdrawal prior to solving the problem.
Just under 235,000 copies of the Zafira B, including models built between 2005 and 2014, are being returned to British dealers once again after several cars experienced what Vauxhall describes as “melting with the plug that connects to the resistance fuse” in car heating and ventilation systems.
Zafiras are all cars that were supposed to have been repaired in previous recalls until 2015. It only affects cars equipped with manual air conditioning or without air conditioning at all.
This is the fourth fire risk related recall, which became apparent when several customers reported that fires had occurred behind the dashboard of the minivan. Vauxhall conducted an immediate investigation, locating an irregularity with the resistance of the blower motor and the thermal fuse. However, he suggested that the problem only manifests itself when inadequate repairs have been made.
The new arrangement involves “the installation of a revised wire harness, with additional attachment points and a spare resistor,” according to Vauxhall. Customers will be contacted to agree on a date and time for repairs, which will be carried out free of charge.
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