Thousands of Zafiras recalled for testing

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Vauxhall has recalled 220,000 Zafira Bs following reports of spontaneous fire

Thousands of Vauxhall Zafira B drivers are being asked to visit their local dealers for inspection following news of dozens bursting into flames.

Some 220,000 drivers have been asked by Vauxhall to visit a dealer to have their vehicle's heating and ventilation system examined.

They will be offered a free inspection and repairs if needed.

Chairman and managing director, Roy Harvey, said evidence so far suggested fires may have been caused by improper repair of the mechanism designed to protect part of the motor, according to Sky News.

An investigation to establish the cause is still under way.

Mr Harvey told Sky: "If you are the first owner of your Zafira B and your heating and ventilation system is functioning well and your car has never been subject to any repair in this area, there should be no risk of a fire starting."

Drivers with the model concerned should start receiving letters from November 12.

Mr Harvey added: "We fully understand the seriousness of the situation and your personal concerns about safety. And please be assured that we will not rest until we are fully confident that we have resolved this issue."

Last month it was reported that Vauxhall was considering a recall of some models after reports of fires in more than 130 vehicles.

Motorists have reported the issue in cars made between 2005 and 2014.

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