Vauxhall has announced that owners of Zafira B models will be invited to take their vehicles back to dealerships so that preventative action can be carried out to protect the vehicles from the risk of fire.
In December last year Vauxhall wrote to all Vauxhall Zafira B owners to make them aware of an issue which could affect their vehicle.
The vehicle manufacturer’s investigations had found evidence of improper repair of the blower motor resistor and its thermal fuse, which is designed to protect the blower motor system.
These repairs, which may have been conducted without the owners’ knowledge, can lead to overheating of the system’s electrical components and the potential for a fire. Resistors should never be repaired, they should only be replaced.
Since then Vauxhall has been conducting a recall programme designed to return vehicles to their original condition. However, it has now said it will go further and improve the overall robustness of the system.
The second recall will replace the current soldered fuse resistor with a wax fuse resistor so reducing the opportunity for manipulation. When the recalls are complete, all 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.
Vauxhall will write to all customers on a staggered basis from August to invite them in for the second recall.