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Opel announce second recall following fire concerns

Opel announce second recall following fire concerns

Opel are asking owners of the Opel Zafira B models to bring their vehicles back to Opel dealerships so that a preventative action can be carried out to protect the vehicles from the risk of fire.

Opel claim to have written to all Zafira B owners to make them aware of the issue.

Their investigations had found evidence of improper repair of the blower motor resistor and its thermal fuse, which is designed to protect the blower motor system.

These improper repairs, which may have been conducted without the owners’ knowledge, can lead to overheating of the system’s electrical components and the potential for a fire.

According to Opel, resistors should never be repaired, they should only be replaced

Opel say that they have been conducting a recall programme designed to return vehicles to their original condition by replacing the resistor, the blower motor and the pollen filter.

The company claim that the current action has achieved the objective of returning vehicles to their original condition, but they have now decided to improve the overall robustness of the system and initiate a second recall.

This will be to replace the current soldered fuse resistor with a wax fuse resistor so reducing the opportunity for manipulation.

When the recalls are complete, all vehicles will have a new wax fuse resistor, a new blower motor and a new moulding at the base of the windscreen to address water ingress.

Opel have also stressed that this work will be conducted free of charge and that they will soon be writing to all customers to inform them of the second recall action and provide appropriate advice.