Vauxhall has finally taken concerns seriously and recalled 220,000 Zafiras.
A Facebook group of concerned Zafira B owners was set up in September 2015 after Sue Freemantle’s car burst into flames only minutes after smoke appearing from the passenger side. Over 13,000 people have now joined the group, many of whom have experienced exploding Zafiras.
Vauxhall has issued a recall for Zafira B models built between 2005 and 2014. The cars are all right-hand drive and have either manual or no air conditioning.
Chairman and managing director of Vauxhall, Rory Harvey, said that initial investigations had shown “improper repair of the blower motor resistor and its thermal fuse”. He also said that the delay in the investigation was due to many vehicles being damaged beyond recognition by fire.
So far around 200 cars have gone up in flames so it’s understandable that Zafira owners are worried about the risk to their cars. People who have experienced the fires have said that it took no time at all for the entire car to be engulfed in flames, giving the driver and passengers only seconds to run from the fire.
Vauxhall have said that Zafira B owners will be receiving a letter shortly and in the meantime advised not to use the heating or air conditioning systems.
Slater and Gordon are investigating the possibility of legal action against Vauxhall. There may be a chance to claim compensation from Vauxhall if you are or were a Zafira owner.
If you have experienced an exploding Zafira and would like legal advice, please contact our specialist litigation team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers.
For more information about our investigation see our Vauxhall Zafira Fires Compensation Claim Investigation page.
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