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Vauxhall Issues Recall Notice For Adam And Corsa

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On Saturday morning, Vauxhall issued an urgent recall notice to owners of Vauxhall Corsa, Corsavan and Adam models registered from May 2014 onwards. The company has asked owners not to drive their cars until they have been inspected.

Three thousand cars are believed to have been fitted with a steering system component that 'did not meet specification' and could affect the car's driving ability. Thirty thousand cars in total of the models named have been sold in the same period. Vauxhall Adam and Corsa owners are being advised to call the firm's Customer Assistance Centre between 09.00-17.30 on 0800 026 0034 or to visit the Vauxhall website, where a 'Safety Check for Adam and Corsa' button has been installed. Customers will need their car's VIN to check if it is within the range of affected vehicles. Until it has been confirmed which cars have been affected and those have been checked by Vauxhall, owners should not risk driving their vehicles.

Vauxhall has assured car owners that no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the problem, which was identified during routine checks by quality control officers, at the Eisenach factory in Germany, where the Corsa and Adam are both built and another plant in Zaragoza, Spain, which also manufactures the Corsa.

Eight thousand owners of European versions of the cars, badged Opel, have received similar warnings and will need to have their cars inspected by the manufacturer.

The news comes just as Vauxhall is showing off the next generation Corsa, which will replace the existing model early next year. The new car is due to make an appearance at the Paris Motor Show in just days and, as the firm's best selling car, is arguably the most important model in its line up. As the existing Corsa is still selling well, Vauxhall hasn't made any radical changes to the supermini but the fourth generation will include a more economical engine range and a high performance VXR variant. Handling, ride and interior fit and finish have also received attention and the car's design has been subtly updated. Prices are expected to remain very similar to the current model, as Vauxhall is keen to steal some sales away from the all conquering Ford Fiesta. The recall news is unlikely to disturb those plans dramatically but is, nonetheless, unfortunate at a time when Vauxhall is working very hard to improve its image and increase its slice of the UK market.

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