Vauxhall recalls 220,000 Zafira cars

Vauxhall has announced a recall of 220,000 Zafira B cars, following a series of fires.

The recall has come after more than 130 fires were first reported, via a Facebook group. The fires are said to have originated behind the glove-box, in the heating and ventilation system.

The affected model is the Zafira B, built between 2005 and 2014 and the cars affected are all right-hand drive, and have manual, or no air conditioning.The carmaker said faulty repairs to the heating and ventilation system were probably to blame.

In a statement from chairman and managing director Rory Harvey, Vauxhall said its initial investigations had shown ‘improper repair of the blower motor resistor and its thermal fuse’.

Vauxhall will now send out recall letters from 12 November to 220,000 owners, advising them to get in touch with their local dealer and they will be offered a free inspection and repairs.