The fix to prevent fires on some Vauxhall Zafira B cars has been officially reclassified from a ‘voluntary recall’ to a ‘safety recall’ by the DVSA.
The agency said that the cause of a small number of fires is due to the “improper repair of the thermal fuse of the resistor in the heating and ventilation system, undertaken outside of Vauxhall’s authorised service and maintenance processes and schedule”.
Paul Satoor, DVSA’s Chief Executive, said: “We are working closely with Vauxhall to ensure that owners are contacted swiftly and replacement parts fitted as soon as possible.
“We will continue to monitor progress with the recall and keep this issue under review.”
Vauxhall has so far fixed 45,000 vehicles and plans to have all affected cars fixed within the next few weeks.
Rory Harvey, Chairman of Vauxhall Motors said: “We recognise that owners may have vehicles which have been improperly repaired without their knowledge or before they bought the vehicle.
“Safety is our priority and we have been working tirelessly in the past weeks to find the root cause and contact owners to explain the situation and our actions.
“The DVSA’s acknowledgement of the root cause is an important milestone but the important thing now is to ensure that all Zafira B owners bring their vehicles in for inspection and rework.”