Friday 28 April 2017

Opel Zafira B cars recalled again over fire risk

The Opel Zafira belonging to Maureen McCahill that burst into flames and was destroyed
The Opel Zafira belonging to Maureen McCahill that burst into flames and was destroyed
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Owners of 8,200 Opel Zafira B people carriers are being asked to bring in their cars for further work to protect them from the risk of fire in their heating and ventilation systems.

This second recall follows a dramatic one last November after a video of a Zafira B in Ireland bursting into flames went viral online.

The cars involved are from 2005 to 2014. They have manual, or no, air conditioning - those with climate control are not involved.

Opel here are saying the first recall returned vehicles to their original condition, but they have decided to improve the system further.

They say their investigations found evidence of improper repair of the blower motor resistor and its fuse.

These improper repairs can lead to overheating of the system’s electrical components and the potential for a fire.

Under the second recall, 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.

Read more: Family flee smoke-filled car seconds before it spontaneously burst into flames

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