Vauxhall Zafira MPVs assembled between 2005 and 2014 have yet to be completely ridden of problems preventing the vehicle from quite literally bursting into flames.
According to the BBC, more than 234,000 Zafiras were produced and subject to ongoing recalls. However, second-hand sales of these models may have been illegal.
Per regulations, the vehicles should not have exchanged owners until the recalls were fulfilled and repairs completed. Some vehicles have been sold without new owners’ knowledge of the underlying problems.
Guidance as published by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency states sellers must check for outstanding recalls, and have the vehicle repaired before the sale.
“It’s really important for any motor dealer that is having a Vauxhall Zafira that is affected by this recall on their forecourt to actually have this work done prior to exposing it to sale”, said Tim Milsom, lead officer for the motor trade with the Chartered Institute of Trading Standards. “If they fail to do that then they might be constituting a possible criminal offence”.
Vauxhall has since launched a second fix for the Zafiras affected after the initial solution failed to entirely solve the issue. There is not a definite number of how many Zafiras are affected, though 300 have reportedly caught fire due to the issue in question.