Vauxhall Zafira fires: new recall issued for ‘fixed’ models

Vauxhall is again recalling hundreds of thousands of Zafiras over a long-running fire risk issue, despite a previous two-stage recall to fix the problem.

Just under 235,000 examples of the Zafira B, including models built between 2005 and 2014, are being recalled to UK dealers once more after a number of cars experienced what Vauxhall describes as “melting to the plug that connects to the resistor fuse” in the cars’ heating and ventilation systems. 

The Zafiras are all cars that were meant to have been fixed under previous recalls running back as far as 2015. It affects only cars fitted with either manual air-conditioning or no air-conditioning whatsoever. 

It is the fourth recall related to the fire risk, which was exposed when a number of customers reported fires breaking out behind the MPV’s dashboard. Vauxhall conducted an immediate investigation, locating an irregularity with the blower motor resistor and thermal fuse. However, it suggested that the problem only manifests itself when improper repairs have taken place. 

The new fix involves “the fitment of a revised wiring harness, with additional fixing points and a replacement resistor”, according to Vauxhall. Customers will be contacted to arrange a time and date for the repairs, which will take an hour to carry out at no charge.