Are Vauxhall cars catching fire?
Apparently, there's a problem with Vauxhall vehicles setting on fire. We're aware that the car in the picture to the right isn't a Vauxhall, but it is on fire. Anyway, the car manufacturer is looking at recalling some of its Zafira models.
It seems there might be a problem with the dashboard, which is causing them to catch ablaze. You'd think Vauxhall might show a little more urgency with such a serious claim, but there we go.
Drivers of 130 or so cars, made between 2005 and 2014, have reported the issue that seems to be something to do with the glovebox area heating up. Over at Sky News, they believe Vauxhall has been investigating the problem for several months, but has only looked at a few dozen cars.
A spokesperson said: "If you have any concerns about the operation of the heating ventilation system, any funny noises in the car then pick up the phone call your local dealer or our customer services."
"Book the vehicle in for a check and the vehicle will be inspected professionally and we'll look at the component we think may be faulty. When we find the root cause we will take the next step. That could be a recall, whatever, we've just got to get to that root cause, that's a key thing for us."
Vauxhall has contacted dealers, and they'll be doing checks free of charge, for the record, and they're going to be setting up a helpline for you to ring soon enough.
They continued: "Our investigations have found that a number of incidents have occurred due to previous repairs being performed improperly or using certain non-genuine parts."
There is a Facebook group that has been set up regarding this (not by Vauxhall, but rather, concerned citizens) which you can have a look at if you click here.
A Facebook campaign to highlight drivers' concerns has gained significant momentum in the past week.