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ZAFIRA FIRES: VAUXHALL FACE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

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ZAFIRA FIRES: VAUXHALL FACE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION


A criminal investigation into the Vauxhall Zafira fire scandal has been launched by DVSA.

The government agency is working with officers from Luton Trading Standards to investigate Vauxhall.

In a written statement, Andy Rice, DVSA head of counter-fraud & investigations, said:: “DVSAs priority is to protect you from unsafe drivers and vehicles”.

“We have made it clear to manufacturers that to protect consumers, they should swiftly rectify problems and meet their obligations under the code of practice”.

“DVSA will take the necessary action against any manufacturers who fail to comply with their obligations.”

The long-running saga of the people carriers catching fire dates back to 2009, when the then GM-owned carmaker first had reports of blazes.

Six years later, and following reports of over a hundred more fires, the VM attempted to point the finger at the aftermarket, blaming ‘unauthorised repairs’ to the thermal resistor cut-off on the heater blower, a recall was offered. The repair was unsuccessful in fixing the problem and another recall with a more extensive repair was made.

Following this, Vauxhall bosses were called into a Select Committee hearing and faced questions from MPs.

Although a majority of the 160 recorded fires have resulted in the total destruction of the vehicle, to date there have been no reports of serious injuries.

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TRADING STANDARDS SEIZE FAKE BEARINGS

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TRADING STANDARDS SEIZE FAKE BEARINGS


A raid by West Yorkshire Trading Standards has resulted in the seizure of a stockpile of fake bearings, weighing around 1.5 tonnes.

Members of SKF Bearing Brand Protection team were present to help identify the forgeries. Other than bearings, a number of other automotive and industrial components were seized.

Paul Dysiewicz, SKF’s Engineering Manager, says: “Counterfeit industrial products like bearings are still a major concern for our UK customers who purchase them in good faith, believing them to be the genuine article. Customers who accidentally purchase counterfeit products are being cheated financially, risk damage to their machinery and incur expensive downtime as a result. They may also be liable to third party damages. We always recommend that, in order to safeguard authenticity, customers carefully select their supplier and always source their SKF bearings from trusted, authorised distributors.”

Fake bearings have become such a problem around the world that the seven largest producers have come together to tackle it. Between them they have formed the World Bearing Association and set up a website stopfakebearings.com to raise awareness.

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