Vauxhall Zafira fires: could other models be affected?

A Facebook group has been set up claiming that Vauxhall models other than the Zafira could be affected by the fault that causes cars to burst into flames.

The group is currently in its infancy – with just 200 members at the time of writing – but a number of Vauxhall owners have joined, posting photos of their cars having been engulfed in flames.

Gary James Park posted in the group: “Vectra C, Zafira B and Corsa D all suffer from problems with the heater fans. I have replaced a few of these and found the same pattern on all. The vents just below the windscreen have drains on them, which block up with leaves or dirt, etc. When the water can’t drain it finds its way into the car and down into the heater fan, causing corrosion in the heater motor and usually blowing the capacitor.

“Of all of these I have taken apart I have always found the fan to be rusty and corroded and we all know water and electrics don’t mix.”

Motoring Research has contacted Vauxhall for comment, but a representative told A Spokesman Said: “There are fires in vehicles for all sorts of reasons.

“We’re dealing with the Zafira at the moment. If people have experienced fires in their car they should contact Vauxhall immediately so we can get to the root cause of the fire.

“We’re not aware of a high incidence outside the Zafira case and are dealing with Zafira at the moment.”

Last week, Vauxhall offered a free safety check to Zafira owners after a social media campaign was set up by Sue Freemantle, whose people carrier had been written off when it burst into flames outside her house.

A number of other owners came forward at the time, reporting that their Zafira had caught fire in similar circumstances. The group gathered momentum and was featured on BBC’s Watchdog programme.

Vauxhall responded by saying that only Zafira ‘B’ models, built between 2005 and 2012, could be affected – and only those with the standard air-conditioning system, rather than climate control.

But it refused to accept responsibility – blaming the fires on badly-repaired systems, and is yet to issue a recall.

More than 10,000 people have now joined the original Zafira Facebook group, with many identifying a resistor for the heater fan module to blame, setting the pollen filter alight.

A number of owners are claiming that they’re being turned away from the safety checks at their local dealers, due to a shortage of resistors.

Liam Rennison posted: “Waste of time this morning. Was told they would do a 30 min check today on phone. Get here and told me I must have slipped through net as they have cancelled all other checks because waiting for stock to come in (resistors) blamed none genuine parts for the fires and said courtesy car and free service will no longer happen as only takes an hour to do once parts in.”

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