The latest recall affecting the Opel Zafira B model was announced yesterday morning (Thursday May 19). Last year the company recalled the 8,200 Zafira B cars after a series of fires, of which there have been about eight in Ireland. Drivers reported sudden fires from overheating in the blower motor system.
A fire risk was identified in some cars, which the company says was caused by the incorrect repairs of blower motor resistors and its thermal fuse.
"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," the company said.
"Resistors should never be repaired, they should only be replaced."
The recall last November led to the replacement of the resistor in cars previously inspected and the blower motor and the pollen filter in many thousands of cars, Opel said.
This further recall will "improve the overall robustness of the system," it added.
"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.
"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."
The company said it would be writing to owners from August to arrange this.
"Owners of vehicles which have not yet had the initial recall completed should still bring their vehicles to their dealership to have them returned to their original condition."
The model affected is the Zafira B, built between 2005 and 2014. 240,000 cars are affected by the recall across Europe.
Opel Zafira goes on fire in Cork.
The problem came to light after three people in Britain launched a Facebook campaign voicing their concerns.
The group now has 3,000 members.
It has taken only a few minutes for fires to take hold.
In the Cork incident last year the driver, who works at a garage, is reported to have first noticed smoke coming from the dashboard before the car burst into flames.
Opel in Ireland says it has been difficult to establish what exactly had caused the fires but denies it is a manufacturing defect. It says much evidence has been destroyed in fires but indications are that "improper repairs" may have been carried out. The London Fire Service has reportedly dealt with over 70 fires in Zafira cars during last November alone.
Concerned customers should contact the Opel customer line on 01.5339818 or their dealer.