Watchdog highlights fire issues

The BBC reports that calls have been made for a national database to record car fires following incidents involving Vauxhall models.

BBC Watchdog, which airs tonight on BBC One at 8pm, has found details of vehicle fires are not always passed to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Transport select committee member Rob Flello MP said a database would ‘help the consumer to know that their vehicle is as safe as it could be’.

Vauxhall recalled 220,000 Zafira B cars in 2015 following a series of fires. And this year, Watchdog has investigated what it calls ‘a spate of fires’ involving Vauxhall Corsa D models.

Vauxhall said it had been advised by BBC Watchdog of seven fires relating to the Corsa D. It said it had examined one of the cars and detected a short circuit in the Vacuum Pump Relay Box, but the remaining six cars could not yet be inspected.

Overall Vauxhall have investigated nine Corsa D variants equipped with a 1.4 Turbo petrol engine relating to the short circuit issue, two of which caught fire.