Vehicle manufacturer Vauxhall has announced it’s going to recall models of its Zafira B range – after more than 150 reports of the cars catching fire.
“The letter will request that owners arrange to visits to their local dealer for an inspection of the vehicle’s heating and ventilation system”.
Although these investigations have been hampered by the fire damage, ongoing research has highlighted possible irregularities with the blower motor resistor and the thermal fuse which is created to protect the system.
In an unprecedented move, Vauxhall chairman Rory Harvey posted a YouTube video apologizing for the failures and saying the company is continuing its investigations into the causes of the fires.
The cars in question are Vauxhall Zafira Bs made between 2005 and 2014, specifically the models equipped with manual air conditioning.
Harvey said: “We fully understand the seriousness of this situation and your personal concerns about safety”.
Regardless, Vauxhall will write to all owners of affected vehicles from November 12.
Harvey said the company will be transparent with its findings.
“A cross-functional task force was established immediately after we were alerted to the scale of the fires”. Please be assured that we will not rest until we are fully confident we have resolved this issue.
Sue, from Ivybridge, says she is “disappointed” that Vauxhall’s response suggests “improper repair” might be to blame.
Emma Sulsh had left the auto idling on her drive with the de-mister on for a few minutes while she gathered her children ahead of the school run.
Lisa Taperek and ten-month-old son Kinsley had a narrow escape after their 2007 Vauxhall Zafira went up in flames in Royal Wootton Bassett.
She said: “When I spoke to the recovery team, they asked if there was anything I wanted to get out of it before it was taken away, but there was just nothing left, it’s just a shell”.