Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 9°C

Search

Vauxhall writing to 200,000 Zafira owners

11:07 13 November 2015

Vauxhall Zafira has been known to burst into flames

Vauxhall Zafira has been known to burst into flames

supplied

Vauxhall has begun writing to 220,000 Zafira owners after almost 200 of the models were reported to have burst into flames.

The letters request that owners arrange to visit their local dealer for an inspection of the vehicle’s heating and ventilation system, paid for by the company.

Rory Harvey, Vauxhall chairman and managing director, said last week that evidence so far has shown the fires could be down to improper repair of the blower motor resistor and its thermal fuse, which is designed to protect the blower motor system. But he added that he did not want to speculate on the root cause of the fires.

Denis Chick, director of communications at the manufacturer, said letters were being sent out in a staged process to avoid dealers being overwhelmed.

“We’re starting with the older vehicles because they are the most vulnerable,” he said.

He acknowledged that almost 200 fires had been reported on social media, but insisted that the manufacturer did not know if they were affected by the same issue.

“Whether they are fires due to this situation, nobody knows. The vast majority are fires that happened a while ago. The insurance companies have paid out and cars get scrapped,” he said.

“We have only seen about 30 of our own. The fires have been so intense not even a forensic scientist could tell you how it started.”

The company has insisted it will not rest until the issue is resolved.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Work on one of the biggest new housing developments in Ipswich for years – creating more than 200 new homes – could get under way early next year.

A car which broke down on the Orwell Bridge this morning has now been moved by police.

A couple have thanked Ipswich Hospital for the care staff gave their premature twin nieces by ditching their wedding gift list and asking for donations for the neonatal unit instead.

Amid the maelstrom created by the Steve Wright murders in 2006 London gang violence erupted at a town nightclub and claimed the life of a young man.

Hundreds of readers have already backed the Ipswich Star’s campaign calling for a northern bypass – and it’s not too late to pledge your support.

Police are at the scene of a two-car crash in Bramford Road.

The police hunt for missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague has been labelled “incompetent” by his mother, as an online campaign has raised more than £20,000 to hire a private investigator.

A new university course is being launched, in Ipswich, which supports people wanting to retrain in order to teach maths in schools.

A 77-year-old widow has told of the hurt and pain she has suffered after necklaces given to her by her husband were stolen from her home by the suspected gang of prolific burglars.

Suffolk children at risk of being taken into care could be offered “short breaks” away from their families to avoid more costly and disruptive long-term solutions.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24