Following an official investigation to an issue discovered in December last year, Vauxhall are to invite Zafira B owners to bring their vehicles to Vauxhall dealerships and undergo preventative action which will protect their vehicles from the risk of fire.
The investigation carried out by Vauxhall found that improper repairs to the blower motor resister and its thermal fuse were the cause. These repairs may have been carried out by third party vehicle repair workshops without the owner’s knowledge and can lead to the systems electrical components overheating, creating a potential fire risk. Resistors should never be repaired, they should only be replaced.
Upon discovery of the fault in December 2015 Vauxhall wrote to all 234,938 Zafira B owners to make them aware of a possible issue as part of the initial recall program. This recall programme involved replacing the resistor in every vehicle during inspection of the blower motor and pollen filter in thousands of vehicles.
Following an agreement with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Vauxhall have agreed to undergo additional action and announce a second recall.
This second recall will involve replacing the current soldered fuse resistor with a wax fuse resistor, which will reduce the opportunity for manipulation. When the recall work is 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.
All work will be conducted free of charge. Vauxhall will soon be writing to customers to inform them of the second recall and provide advice.
If you are unsure or have any concerns do not hesitate to contact your local Motorparks Vauxhall dealer.