Vauxhall Zafira fires continue
New figures from the fire brigade are showing that the problem is indeed a common one. The London Fire Brigade (LFB) told the Press Association that it has attended 71 Zafira fires (this figure doesn't include arson attacks) since 2013. When you compare that to a mere 38 in the previous four years, you can see the problem.
Vauxhall are writing to 220,000 Zafira B owners, and asking them to get their cars looked at, so they can see what's going on with the car's heating and ventilation system.
Sue Freemantle, who is heading up the online campaign regarding these, said: "I think it's shocking - just last month alone, from what I have on my record, we've got 21 car fires." She thinks that the cars should be taken off the road while tests are undertaken, and in addition to that, she's said that she believes Vauxhall are withholding information: "I think they're hiding something. They're not telling us everything."
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."
What to do?
Vauxhall are recalling a number of vehicles. If you're worried that your vehicle is affected, and no-one has got in touch with you yet, Vauxhall have images of what to look for. They will inspect your vehicle free of charge, but sadly, there’s long waits. Find your nearest dealer by clicking here, and contact them accordingly.
If you own one of the vehicles affected, you can also contact the Vauxhall Recall helpline on 0800 026 0034 and you can email them at [email protected]