Vauxhall Zafira Drivers Aren't Too Pleased That Their Cars are Bursting Into Flames

By Gary Cutlack on at

Facebook group Vauxhall Zafira car fires is gathering some serious momentum, with over 5,000 people signing up to back a campaign calling for Vauxhall to launch an investigation into how and why some Zafiras appear to be going up in flames.

According to Sky News, Vauxhall is considering the need for a recall of some models, with the Facebook group currently housing 130 complaints made by drivers of warmer than usual Zafiras. The problem, according to those who've reported it so far, involves an unusually high buildup of heat behind the glove compartment, which is, in some cases, making the entire car go up in flames.

Sky's sources say the carmaker is currently briefing dealers about the problem, asking them to check the cars of worried users free of charge while it searches for the "root cause" of whatever technical chain of events may be conspiring to ignite the people carriers.

As for the current state of affairs, all Vauxhall has said publicly on the matter is that: "Our investigations have found that a number of incidents have occurred due to previous repairs being performed improperly or using certain non-genuine parts," suggesting it's already trying to pass the buck onto a dodgy batch of Chinese windscreen wiper blades. [Sky News]