Vauxhall Corsa D Recalled Over Fiery Problem, Certain 1.4 Turbo Models Affected

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In production since 2014, the Opel Corsa E does its job of being a cheap and cheerful supermini just fine. The Corsa D, however, is in a bit of a pinch as far as Vauxhall-branded vehicles are concerned.
Produced between 2006 and 2014 and underpinned by the General Motors/Fiat SCCS platform, the Corsa D was available with a number of engines throughout its production run. From a 1.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-3 to a 1.7 CDTI turbo diesel and a go-faster 1.6 turbo engine for the OPC/VXR, the subcompact-sized hatchback had them all. But then again, it seems that there’s a problem with vehicles equipped with the 1.4 turbo.

According to Vauxhall, 2,767 units of the Corsa D 1.4 turbo are recalled over a potential fire risk. Following nine reports, of which two resulted in a fire, it became clear to General Motors’ British division that something had to be done. In this regard, Vauxhall identified a fault with the braking system in some Corsa Ds in April 2016. The British automaker explained that water could get in, wreak havoc with the electrics and electronics, then cause a fire. The adjacent video, coming courtesy of a Corsa owner, is a case in point.

Given the circumstances presented above, what can a Corsa D 1.4 turbo owner do? As per Vauxhall, owners are recommended to get in touch by calling 0800 026 0867 or by accessing the Motorcodes website. 2,767 vehicles produced at Opel’s Eisenach plant are included in the recall. 2,721 of those vehicles come in the form of the Vauxhall Corsa D 1.4 Turbo Black Edition. Remaining cars were produced in SE and SRi trims. To prevent a short circuit in the vacuum pump relay box, dealers will replace the entire assembly.

The Corsa fire risk recall follows a similar campaign for the Zafira, which had been recalled over an improper fix of the blower motor resistor and fuse.

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