Vauxhall has called for the creation of a national vehicle fire database in order to help the automotive industry gain access to information on vehicle fires held by insurers.
Talking at a meeting with the Transport Select Committee yesterday, where Vauxhall was questioned on the Zafira fire issue that resulted in a recall of more than 220,000 vehicles last year, Vauxhall said it believes that "by accessing information from insurers, manufacturers may be able to identify potential issues earlier than at present".
The carmaker added that it understood that the Association of British Insurers (ABI) had already written to the Transport Select Committee supporting the proposal in principle.
A Vauxhall spokesman said: "While the data will not reveal the causes of fire, it can nevertheless play an invaluable role in alerting manufacturers to potential issues much earlier than is possible at present.
"As Vauxhall’s experience with Zafira B shows, manufacturers have limited visibility of fires in their vehicles. Many Zafira B fire cases, for example, were reported to Vauxhall several years after they took place and only as a result of publicity in October 2015."
Vauxhall chiefs are being accused of responding too slowly to the issue, which is thought to have been known about since 2009 and resulted in at least 120 Mk2 Zafiras, officially named Zafira Bs, catching fire in Britain.
The issue is linked to an improper repair of thermal fuses in the heating and ventilation system for cars with manual air conditioning or no air conditioning, built between 2005 and 2014.