London Fire Brigade

Brigade stats help in recall of 220,000 Zafiras

19 November 2015

Information supplied by our insight and analytics team played a role in the recall of 220,000 Vauxhall Zafira B cars.

Figures showed that firefighters had attended 50 Vauxhall Zafira car fires in 2013 and 2014, a big spike when compared to the previous four years total of just 38 blazes involving that model.

As of the morning of Monday, 16 November there have been 21 fires involving Vauxhall Zafira in 2015, with the latest one on Salisbury Hall Gardens in Chingford.

All the figures discounted deliberate fires involving the vehicles.

Vauxhall has announced the recall of hundreds of thousands of Zafira B cars, following a series of fires.

In a statement from chairman and managing director Rory Harvey, Vauxhall said its initial investigations had shown "improper repair of the blower motor resistor and its thermal fuse".
Our statistics were supplied to BBC Watchdog on their investigation which led to their recall.

What to do if your car's on fire

London Fire Brigade's Director of Operations Dave Brown said: "If you smell smoke or burning coming from your car while you're driving it, you should pull over as soon as you can in a safe place, get everyone out of the vehicle and always stay a safe distance away.

"Then call the fire brigade and never go back to the vehicle while you're waiting.

"If you are concerned that your vehicle is affected by the recall then contact your manufacturer immediately."

'Vital role in spotting trends'

Dave Brown continues: "Our insight and analytics team play a vital role in spotting trends and it's fantastic that we've played a part in protecting the public from faults in these cars. 
"Part of the role of the analytics team is to help identify trends in fires, be they about fireworks, cooking, or in this case car models.

"We collect a lot of information about each incident we attend and once again this process has payed dividends by using data to contribute to the safety of the general public."
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