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For the second time, Opel is recalling cars in Ireland over a fire risk

The company is also facing a potential emissions scandal.

A Opel Zafira which caught fire in Cork last year.
A Opel Zafira which caught fire in Cork last year.
Image: RTÉ News

OPEL IRELAND IS conducting a second recall of its Zafira models over an issue that could lead to the vehicle catching fire.

It’s part of a Europe-wide recall over what the car company said was the potential for improper repairs on the car’s blower motor resistor.

In Cork last October, dramatic footage was captured of a Zafira bursting into flames.

Opel Ireland says that since then they’ve been conducting a product recall to replace the resistor in about 8,000 vehicles. Blower motors and pollen filters were also inspected as part of the recall.

Now, the manufacturer is to initiate a second recall and this time they will be replacing the blower motors. A new fuse resistor and moulding will also to be installed in the vehicles.

“While the current action achieves the objective of returning vehicles to their original condition, after extensive investigations we have decided to go further and improve the overall robustness of the system,” the company said explaining its decision.

The recall relates to Opel Zafira B models with the company saying that they will be writing to customers on a staggered basis to invite them in for the second recall.

The recall comes on the back of reports of a emissions irregularities from Opel vehicles.

According to both the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel and the investigative news programme Monitor on ARD public television, tests on a number of Opel’s diesel models had uncovered “hitherto unknown devices” that deactivate filtration systems in the engines of two of the best-selling models, Astra and Zafira.

That meant that the models’ emissions systematically exceeded norms.

- With reporting from © – AFP 2016

Read: Opel is recalling Zafira cars in Ireland after several caught fire >

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