Vauxhall prepare to recall Zafira cars for second time

Owners of some 235,000 Vauxhall Zafira cars are to receive recall letters as the company plans to make a more long-term fix to the problems with the car that have caused a large numbers of fires.

The more permanent fix has been developed following reports from owners of fires, which Vauxhall put down to improper repairs to the cars' blower motors. The cars affected were recalled in December following the reports of fires and were repaired to an extent. However, Vauxhall have established that the cars that were repaired will only be safe for around six years unless the more permanent repair is carried out.

Garages and dealerships affected by these kinds of faults can cover themselves for any losses or liabilities by ensuring their motor trade insurance is up to date.

The original fault is thought to have affected at least 200 Vauxhall Zafira car owners, although some were not reported or investigated as car insurers advised owners to scrap their cars rather than have them repaired.

A spokesperson for Vauxhall told the media: "While the current action achieves the objective of returning vehicles to their original condition, after extensive investigations we have decided to go further and improve the overall robustness of the system.

"We will therefore be initiating a second recall to replace the current soldered fuse resistor with a wax fuse resistor so reducing the opportunity for manipulation."

The latest repairs on the affected cars, most of which are ten years old or more, are to begin from August.