Vauxhall has recalled a further 47,000 Zafira B models after a fault leading to sudden fires was discovered.
The fault relates to the thermistor ‘thermal fuse’ can overheat on cars fitted with automatic climate control.
In 2015, Vauxhall recalled 235,000 cars with manual heating controls. That recall was for a similar fault, although the initial ‘repair’ was unsuccessful, leading the VM to issue a further recall. At the time it was assumed that climate control models were not affected.
Initially the VM blamed the aftermarket for the fires, citing ‘improper repairs’ as the cause, going as far as to produce what it said were examples of re-soldered thermistors.
As scores more blazes followed it became apparent that the cause was a design error and Vauxhall bosses had to face a barrage of questions from a House of Commons Select Committee on why it took so long for the vehicles to be recalled.
Vauxhall will be working with the DVLA to notify registered keepers of all affected vehicles.