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Wednesday 26 October 2016

Opel recalls 8,200 Zafiras for second time over fire risk

Published 20/05/2016 | 02:30

A Zafira B which burst into flames last year. Photo: Fred Graepel
A Zafira B which burst into flames last year. Photo: Fred Graepel

Opel in Ireland is recalling 8,200 Zafira B people carriers for a second time to further protect the vehicles from the risk of fire in their heating and ventilation systems.

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The first recall was made following dramatic video footage shot in Ireland showing a Zafira B bursting into flames last year.

The cars involved in the recalls range from 2005 to 2014 and have manual, or no, air conditioning. Models with climate control are not involved.

The first recall involved replacing the resistor, blower motor and pollen filters in thousands of vehicles inspected.

Now Opel is saying that while that recall returned vehicles to their original condition, it has decided "after extensive investigations" to improve the "overall robustness" of the system.

It is asking owners of Zafira B models to bring their cars to Opel dealerships for "preventative action" to further protect against the risk of fire.

Opel claims its investigation found evidence of improper repair of the blower motor resistor and its fuse which is designed to protect the system.

"These improper repairs, which may have been conducted without the owners' knowledge, can lead to overheating of the system's electrical components and the potential for a fire. Resistors should never be repaired, they should only be replaced," Opel said.

This second recall means all vehicles will get a new wax fuse resistor, new blower motor and a new moulding at the base of the windscreen to prevent water from coming in. There is no cost to owners, who will be told of arrangements during August.

Irish Independent

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