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The DVSA has confirmed the cause of fires in Vauxhall Zafira B cars as an improperly repaired component of the heating system

The Driver Vehicle Standards Agency has acknowledged the root cause of the fires affecting Vauxhall Zafira B models.

Vauxhall has recalled the Mk2 Zafira again in May 2016

An improperly repaired thermal fuse in the heating and ventilation system, potentially affecting some 234,938 vehicles, has been identified as the cause for concern.

Vauxhall has contacted all Vauxhall Zafira B owners and has already rectified the fault in more than 45,000 units, and it aims to have completed the recall within 10 to 12 weeks. The recall has also been reclassified as a safety recall due to the nature of the fault. 

More than 230,000 Vauxhall Zafira B models are being recalled, after some customers reported fires breaking out in the dashboard.

Vauxhall says the potential issue only relates to vehicles with manual air conditioning or no air conditioning built between 2005 and 2014 - in effect, the Mk2 Zafira, known as Zafira B. The first generation and the current Zafira Tourer are not affected, nor are Mk2 Zafiras with automatic climate control.

The problem was first highlighted in October, prompting Vauxhall to begin an immediate investigation into the cause of the fires. Although these investigations have been hampered by the fire damage, ongoing research has highlighted possible irregularities with the blower motor resistor and the thermal fuse, which is designed to protect the system. However, Vauxhall has suggested that the problem only manifests itself when improper repairs have taken place.

"If you are the first owner and your system is functioning well, there should be no risk," said Rory Harvey, managing director of Vauxhall

Vauxhall will now write to all owners of affected vehicles, with letters requesting them to go to a dealership going out from November 12. Concerned owners can also contact a helpline on 0800 026 0034, email or find further advice at

"We will check all components and replace any suspect parts free of charge," said Harvey. He also suggested customers would be given courtesy cars free of carge, if required: "If a part is not available then we will consider the onward mobility requirements of the customer."

Harvey added: "We are very sorry that this situation has arisen. Safety is our key priority. We have been investigating this issue with the utmost priority."

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muxizati 21 June 2016

This is good news. Finally I

This is good news. Finally I can purchase this car now.
ligelimo 20 June 2016

Thanks I haven't purchased it

Thanks I haven't purchased it.
SeanAnderson 19 January 2016

It's a joke!

My car is now booked in on the 5th February, for the fourth time, following previous cancelled appointments because they can't get the parts.

Asked about the courtesy car, as mentioned by Rory Harvey (MD, Vauxhall) and was told that they only really do that when my car is with them and is subject to availability, for which the next available courtesy/hire car is 16tg February.

In the mean time, without ANY heating in my car, I'm unable to get to drop the kids at school and can't get to work until the frost defrosts on its own.

Time to call the legals at my Insurance and see what they have to say.