Where are we at with Vauxhall's Zafira recall?

20 July 2016
Where are we with Zafira recall?

We've spoken about the recall surrounding the Vauxhall Zafira B models, after they started to set on fire.

Vauxhall have been reasonably quiet on the whole thing, and there's a second round of recalls which are set to start in early August.

Peter Hope, Vauxhall's customer experience director, told a committee of MPs: "Our focus is on getting the safety recall completed. We don't have current plans for inconvenience and worry. We will address further steps" after the recall is done.

"We have the first recorded case in a Zafira B that can be clearly attributed to the heating and ventilation fire that we are talking about here on the 11 February 2009."

"We are truly sorry and I apologise for customers who have been inconvenienced."

All affected owners will hear from Vauxhall in due course, and work is expected to begin from the first week of August.

It looks like it'll cost around £40 million, according to a Vauxhall spokesperson: "Money is never any issue these days with General Motors (Vauxhall's parent company) as far as safety is concerned."

All resources are going to concern fixing the issue, and there's going to be no compensation for drivers.

All work will be done free of charge of course, and when the whole thing is completed, all the vehicles will have a new wax fuse resistor, a new blower motor, and a new moulding at the base of the windscreen to address water ingress problems.

The DVSA agrees with Vauxhall as to what caused the fires, so there should be no more trouble with your car once the fix is complete.

Vauxhall Chairman Rory Harvey told Auto Express: "We want all Vauxhall owners to be safe in their cars - safety is paramount to us at Vauxhall."

"We recognise that some of these cars could be on their third, fourth or even fifth owners and they may have vehicles which have been improperly repaired without their knowledge or before they bought the vehicle. That's why we wanted to instigate this safety recall."

TOPICS:   Recalls   Motoring

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