Parliament will question Vauxhall executives over a number of issues, including the response to the reported issue in 2009. Vauxhall has been blamed for not responding to the issue earlier, only taking steps against the Zafira fires seven years later.
Louise Ellman, chairman of the select committee, said: “We are keen to hear how Vauxhall has dealt with customers’ about safety. People should feel their concerns have been taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and thoroughly.”
“In evidence we heard from Vauxhall last year, it was clear that good standards of communication with customers were lacking,” she added.
Between 2013 and 2016, London Fire Brigade was called to 120 fires involving Zafiras, more than double the number in the previous four-year period. However, data does not record the causes of the fires.
Vauxhall identified an issue with the Zafira’s air conditioning, which can overheat and start a fire.
The company also defended its response, stating 70 percent of affected Zafiras have been fixed. Though, Vauxhall says tracking down the remaining vehicles is an issue; it says finding the additional, affected cars is difficult since many have since been sold privately.
In a semi-related matter, owners of Vauxhall Corsa Ds have also begun voicing concerns over their vehicles after a handful spontaneously burst into flames.