Callouts to fires involving Vauxhall Zafira B cars have doubled since 2012, London Fire Brigade (LFB) has said.
Figures show that LFB attended no more than ten Zafira fires a year between 2009 and 2012, but 24 in 2013 alone.
There were 28 incidents last year, and 21 between January and November 2015.
Cars affected are Zafira B models made between 2005 and 2014 and are equipped with manual air conditioning.
Vauxhall has claimed the cause of the problem was due to improper repair of the heater fan resistor’s thermal fuse and is writing to 220,000 Zafira B owners, instructing them to have their car’s heating and ventilation system inspected by a local dealer.
LFB’s director of operations, Dave Brown, said: “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.”
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