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Vauxhall face continued pressure over Corsa fire scandal  

DVSA launches investigation amid fears over the safety of Vauxhall models

DVSA inspectors are to visit Vauxhall’s Luton HQ to check that it is doing everything it can to ensure safety, according to a report by The Sun.

DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn said: “It is vital Vauxhall swiftly rectifies its problems.

“It has taken too long for them to protect consumers.

“We are visiting Vauxhall to make certain it is doing all it can to ensure the safety of its customers.”

The audit is part of the DVSA’s Quality Assurance Programme for all major firms.

The inspection follows renewed concerns about Vauxhall fires.

Fire risk

The BBC’s Watchdog, aired on December 7, examined ten Corsas and three posed a fire risk with degradation in the heater wiring.

In the first car examined the heater wires were damaged, in the second they were starting to melt.

The programme suggested that there is a link between the cars that don’t have air-conditioning but instead a four-speed fan and those which have caught fire.

The show also revealed six fires in Corsa D models that had not been covered under recalls of the 1.4-litre turbocharged engines in April.

In a statement to Watchdog, Vauxhall said: “Vauxhall Corsa D is one of our most popular models, with over 700,000 sold in the UK between 2006 and 2014.

car engine after fire

“Earlier this year we identified a potential fire related issue with a specific Corsa D variant equipped with the 1.4 Turbo petrol engine.

“Nine cases had previously been reported to us, which we investigated.
“Two of these cases had resulted in a fire.

“A Safety Recall to address this issue was initiated in April 2016 for the 2,767 vehicles affected.

“Vauxhall is not aware of a fire risk to any other variant of Corsa D.

“Fires can occur in all makes of cars and it is important that thorough investigations are carried out before determining if there is a manufacturing defect that can relate to fire.”