‘Shocking’ figures on Vauxhall Zafira B fires 1

We covered the Vauxhall Zafira B fires a few weeks ago, but it seems like the problem is only getting worse. Since the Facebook group has brought more light to the issue, the number of claims has grown, with new images and videos surfacing every week.

Yesterday, the London Fire Brigade released figures that they’ve been called to 71 non-arson related Zafira B fires since 2013. That’s a big jump from the 38 accounts covering the four years before.

Image: the Vauxhall Zafira car fires Facebook page.

Image: the Vauxhall Zafira car fires Facebook page.

Vauxhall has begun writing to 220,000 Zafira B owners whose cars could be affected. In their letter they urge the drivers to visit their local dealer to have the heating and ventilation systems checked. They believe the root cause of the fires is poor repair work on the heating system, using non-Vauxhall parts. They are yet to confirm this is definitely the cause, but a spokesperson for Vauxhall has said the problem is “not a design fault, but a maintenance issue”.

Despite the recall, some owners still have to use their Zafira B’s to get around whilst they wait for their local dealer to be available. If you are one of these owners, it is advised that you prepare – especially if you have children – a what-to-do plan if a fire breaks out.

Affected owner and Facebook capign founder Sue Freemantle spoke to the Plymouth Herald about her family's ordeal.

Affected owner and Facebook campaign founder Sue Freemantle spoke to the Plymouth Herald about her family’s ordeal.

If you are unsure about what to do if a fire breaks out, Dave Brown, the director of the London Fire Brigade, has set out a step-by-step evacuation plan:

“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.”

We can only hope that Vauxhall find the root of this dangerous issue and fix the defects as soon as possible.