May 2019 DVSA recall round-up: Fire risk forces Vauxhall to recall 234,000 Zafiras

Published 29 May 2019

Vauxhall is recalling 234,931 cars due to an electric fault that may present a fire risk. 

The UK recall affects thousands Zafira B models built between 2004 and 2014. Vauxhall says movement within the wiring harness connector (to the fan speed resistor) may lead to electrical stress and heat damage. 

Vauxhall dealers will contact owners within the next few weeks to replace the heating and ventilation system wiring harness, with a redesigned connector plug and additional mounting points.

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Kia dealers have also issued a safety notice for over 5000 Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models. The recall note states that a reduction of contact pressure on the main relay could cause heat to build-up in the main power relay assembly. 

Peugeot has issued a safety bulletin for 2686 vehicles, after it found a problem with the diesel particulate filter (DPF). The recall affects the 308 hatchback and the 2008, 3008 and 5008 crossover models. Peugeot says a plastic component inside the exhaust line could under certain conditions damage the DPF.

Mazda is also recalling 19,467 vehicles due to an electrical problem. The issue affects Mazda 3 models built between 2015 and 2017, with the front windscreen wipers potentially failing due to a defect in the relay.

Latest DVSA recalls

Recall number Make Model Problem Build start Build end




A right-front brake fluid line and a/c tube may become damaged and leak.

April 2017

Sept 2018



Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid

A reduction of contact pressure on the main relays causes heat build-up in the main Power Relay Assembly (PRA).

Nov 2016 Sept 2017


Lexus ES, UX There is a possibility that the emergency calling system has not been activated. Oct 2018 March 2019 
R/2019/148 Mazda 3 The front windscreen wipers may become inoperable due to a defect in the relay. July 2015

July 2017



308, 2008, 3008, 5008

A plastic component inside the exhaust line could under certain conditions damage the diesel particle filter (DPF).

Oct 2016 June 2018
R/2019/151  Porsche Panamera 

Possible short circuits in the heater blower control unit.

July 2009  Sept 2016


Toyota Corolla, RAV4  There is a possibility that the emergency calling system has not been activated. Oct 2018

April 2019



Zafira B

Movement of the wiring harness connector to the fan speed resistor can in rare circumstances lead to electrical stress. Nov 2004 Nov 2014


Volvo V60 A rear suspension link nut and screw may not have been correctly assembled. Sept 2018 April 2019
R/2019/128 Volvo XC90 An engine cooling system hose may break and could cause a coolant leak. April 2014



Captain-Cretin    on 30 May 2019

Rare my a***; this has been reported for years, and for years Vauxhall have been denying it.

Honest Eric    on 30 May 2019

When will people be told that a so-called Vauxhall Zafira is an Opel? This car was designed and built by Germany's Opel company, in Europe even the Vauxhall badge
is German. The first time a Zafira sees the UK is at the docks. The Vauxhall marque
can only be purchased in the UK. It's even badged as Opel in the Republic of Ireland.

Eric Duncombe Vauxhall Astra owner. This is built in Elsmere Port, the only Vauxhall built in the UK.

Falkirk Bairn    on 31 May 2019

SOME of Vx Astras built @ Ellesmere, others, inc upmarket versions are assembled in Germany

Vx badged vans, Vivaros, assembled in Luton

Petegeoff    on 30 May 2019

Vauxhall = junk.

Captain-Cretin    on 31 May 2019

Mostly true, I would like an Ampera though.

On the other hand, what European/US brand ISNT junk these days??

There is a reason Kia and Hyundai are becoming so popular.

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