Vauxhall Corsa fires: close to 1m cars could be affected

Vauxhall Corsa fires: close to 1m cars could be affected

0 comments 📅13 December 2016, 15:15

The Vauxhall Corsa recollect is for 1.4-litre petrol versions of the Corsa D but now Corsa E models could also be in the firing edge

Vauxhall appears to have another instrument fires crisis on its hands after an scrutiny by The Sun newspaper indicated that far more Vauxhall Corsa models than key thought could be vulnerable to bursting in to flames. 

The inquest by ‘expert engineers’ from GBB engineering assemblage suggests that 865,000 Vauxhall Corsa D and E models suffer from a heater wiring offence that can cause fires behind the dashboard. If proved to be factual, this would mean that every Vauxhall Corsa built since 2006 could be pretended. It’s also suggested that the problem is a smilar one to that sparked the Zafira B fires cancel of 234,938 models in the UK.

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Philip Hoyes, the engineer who authored the article, explained that: “The resistive heating associated with Zafira B decline mode 2 has also been identified in the heater wiring harnesses of Vauxhall Corsa D models. “A inferno damaged Corsa D, with a history of wiring harness wreck, was examined to reveal an origin of fire in the territory of the heater system.”

In the wake of the report the Driver and Carrier Standards Agency has since launched an inquiry into both Corsa D and E models. DVSA Chief Supervisor, Gareth Llewellyn, said: “DVSA’s before priority is to protect everyone from unsafe vehicles and drivers. We are investigating reported faults with Vauxhall Corsa D and E models. We’ve also made it fair that it’s vital that Vauxhall should be doing the aggregate possible to ensure the safety of its customers and their families.” 

Llewellyn also confirmed the DVSA is “working with the Area for Transport to consider further action.” 

Vauxhall’s comeback to Corsa fire claims

In response to the claims made in The Sun, the fabricator said that: ”Vauxhall has no confirmed reports of mechanism fires originating in the vehicle heating and ventilation combination of the Vauxhall Corsa D/E”. 

The report had also suggested that the affected heater components in the Corsa appeared nearly the same to those used in the Hummer H3, which was recalled in America end year for similar reasons. Vauxhall’s mother company, General Motors, owned Hummer at the metre but Vauxhall has said there is no basis to the claims: “There is a unlike vehicle heating and ventilation system configuration in Corsa D/E to the Hummer H3, incorporating of a different connector.” 

National database to transcribe causes of vehicle fires?

While investigating the Corsa fires difficu, BBC Watchdog has found that details of instrument fires are not always passed on to the Driver and Instrument Standards Agency. This has prompted the Exile Select Committee to call for a national database to minutes car fires in the future. 

Rob Flello MP and member of the board said: “I think a database would certainly lend a hand the consumer. But it would also, of course, facilitate the manufacturer to make sure the cars that we buy are the safest cars on.” 

Vauxhall Corsa fires recall

Vauxhall has already issued a Vauxhall Corsa call back for the 2,767 vehicles affected by the issue. This make off came after owners of the fourth-generation Vauxhall Corsa D, built between 2006 and 2014, reported cases of the means catching fire. In April 2016, Vauxhall identified a boob with the braking system in some 1.4-litre petrol Corsa D models where soda water could get in and fry the electronics, causing a fire. At the experience Vauxhall stated that this Corsa outgoing was not related to the Zafira fires.

Vauxhall said that nine cases had hitherto been reported to it, of which two had resulted in a ardour. As a result, company issued the safety remembrance in April 2016 for 2,767 vehicles high-sounding.

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However, seven Vauxhall Corsa D owners had also contacted the BBC’s Watchdog here their car catching fire, with three of the cars falling underneath the existing Corsa recall criteria, and four exterior it. Vauxhall sold over 700,000 Corsa D models between 2006 and 2014 in the UK and the expos left owners asking for more answers from Vauxhall. The latest affidavit that more Corsas could be in liable to be of catching fire will only step up those calls.

In 2007, Vauxhall also recalled 200,000 above-named-generation Vauxhall Corsa C models built between 2003 and 2005 on a fire risk after an attempted fix to a little circuit in the anti-lock braking technique failed to cure the “thermal incidents” where owners reported cars spontaneously bursting into flames on driveways.

Vauxhall Corsa fires and warranty implications

In January 2016, Auto Manifest reported on a 1.4-litre Corsa D holder finding their car ablaze at 11.30pm. after it had been parked on the driveway for hours. Unfortunately, Vauxhall said it could not winnow the matter as “the car belonged to the insurance party,” and it was up to the insurer to determine whether to launch an questioning.

With fire incidents, insurers purpose often take ownership of the vehicle and inauguration their own investigation, leaving manufacturers like Vauxhall unqualified to analyse the vehicle themselves.

With regards to the other owners reporting fires, Vauxhall says it “takes any article of fire very seriously” and would incline towards to conduct a joint investigation with the fellow’s insurer, but “for a variety of reasons this is not continually possible.”

A spokesman from Vauxhall said: “Customer refuge is of the utmost importance and we take any report of liveliness very seriously. Fires can occur for a encyclopaedic variety of reasons and it’s worth noting that, on ordinary, there are 18,000 vehicle fires a year across all manufacturers in the UK. It is estimated that there are about 35 million vehicles registered in the UK.” 

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