Vauxhall ‘considering recall’ after Zafira fire claims reach over 130 1

Several Vauxhall Zafira B models have been spontaneously going up in flames. The cars, made between 2005 and 2014, have made headlines this past week, because three mothers came together to create a Facebook campaign dedicated to highlighting their frightening experiences.

The sudden fires are suspected to be caused by a fault behind the glovebox that sparks the dashboard to heat up rapidly and catch alight. Thanks to the online social media platform, another 65 drivers have come forward with similar stories and it’s claimed over 130 drivers have reported the over-heating issue so far.

Affected owner and Facebook capign founder Sue Freemantle spoke to the Plymouth Herald about her family's ordeal.

Affected owner and Facebook campaign founder Sue Freemantle spoke to the Plymouth Herald about her family’s ordeal.

One of the founders of the Facebook group, Sue Freemantle, was in her car with her children when the dangerous incident occurred. Black smoke flooded into the cabin, leaving them seconds to escape before the car went up in flames; resulting in the vehicle becoming a blackened shell. Many affected drivers reported children and pets being in the cars when the fires began. Luckily no one has been injured or killed, but those affected say they were seconds away from serious harm.

The majority of people affected have claimed Vauxhall’s slow response is outrageous, as they believe they were knowingly sold design-flawed vehicles. The founders of the Facebook campaign have also expressed their anger with Vauxhall’s decision to “offer advice rather than a fix”.

The affected vehicle in question: the Vauxhall Zafira B model.

The affected vehicle in question: the Vauxhall Zafira B model.

Vauxhall has issued a statement advising customers to visit their local dealerships if they have any worries about their Zafira B models. They will be checked and inspected professionally free of charge. The company is expected to announce a helpline number and website for those worried their car is affected.

A Vauxhall spokesman expressed the company’s main priority is their customers safety, but did not have any further details about what action will be taken. “When we find the root cause we will take the next step. That could be a recall, whatever, we’ve just got to get to that root cause, that’s a key thing for us.”

In 2007 Vauxhall had to recall over 20,000 Corsas due to reports they were bursting into flames. A subsequent investigation found a fault with the brakes.

Tonight at 8pm BBC’s Watchdog will be investigating the fires.




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