Vauxhall Offers Free Safety Checks for all Worried Zafira Owners

By Gary Cutlack on at

The car safety issue that has set small parts of the world literally on fire has now been addressed by Vauxhall, which says any worried owners of Zafira models that are concerned their car might randomly burst into flames can have a free safety check.

Vauxhall isn't being overly clear on what the issue is, explaining that a "number of incidents" it's called in to check have been triggered by "previous repairs being performed improperly or using certain non-genuine parts" -- although whether that covers all of the cases of spontaneous combustion it doesn't say.

But anyway, here's what the carmaker suggests you do, should you have the B model Zafira sitting outside your house:

"If you are concerned about operating your vehicle or if you notice any unusual characteristics with the heating and ventilation system (for example a squeaking noise from the dashboard) you should contact your Vauxhall dealer and arrange for your vehicle to be inspected. This will be done at no cost."

In short, if you have a Zafira B model built between 2005 and 2014 that has the manual air conditioning option on the dash like the one pictured above, that's the one to look out for. Get a man to have a poke around the heater. It won't cost you anything, bar the time spent sitting outside a garage. [Vauxhall]