Vauxhall Needs More Support From Insurers For Vehicle Fires

Vauxhall has called for a national vehicle fire database in order to help the automotive industry access information on vehicle fires held by insurers.

Vauxhall is accused of responding too slowly to reports of fires in Zafiras. The fires are thought to have been known about since 2009 and resulted in at least 120 Mk2 Zafiras (also known as Zafira B) being affected in the UK.

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Zafira fires were traced to poor electrical repairs

Vauxhall chiefs were quizzed last week at a Transport Select Committee meeting, during which questions were asked about the fires that resulted in a recall of more than 220,000 cars last year.

A Vauxhall spokesman said: “By accessing information from insurers, manufacturers may be able to identify issues earlier than at present. While the data will not reveal the causes of fire, it can play an invaluable role. As Vauxhall’s experience with Zafira B shows, manufacturers have limited visibility of fires in their vehicles. Many Zafira B fires were reported to Vauxhall several years after they took place and only as a result of publicity in October 2015.”

The car maker said the Association of British Insurers (ABI) was, in principle, supportive of the proposal.

The Zafira B issue was linked to poor repairs of thermal fuses in the heating and ventilation systems of some models built between 2005 and 2014.

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