A statement issued by Vauxhall last week suggests that the VM puts the blame for ‘a number of incidents’ down to non-genuine parts and bad repairs.
In the statement, the company said: “Our investigations have found that a number of incidents have occurred due to previous repairs being performed improperly or using certain non-genuine parts.
“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.”
Cars affected are Zafira B models made between 2005 and 2014 and are equipped with manual air conditioning.
Zafira owners have turned to Facebook to share pictures of their burnt our cars, the group now has more than 10,000 members.
Sue Freemantle, from Devon, was in her 2007 Vauxhall Zafira with four children when it started smoking before bursting into flames.
She told the Express: “We thought it was going to explode.
“We’ve been absolutely crippled by this, we have to pay an excess on our car insurance because they only offered us £100 for the goods inside our car and we had a buggy worth £200 and a tablet worth £200 in there.”
More than 280,000 Zafira B models were made, owners of affected cars are urged to contact Vauxhall for a vehicle inspection.
Vauxhall said: “Until your car has been inspected, please set your fan speed to zero (0) on the heating and ventilation system.
“If necessary, use Level 4 only for the time needed to demist the windscreen.”
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