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Friday 2 December 2016

Warning for Irish owners of Opel Zafiras after man's car bursts into flames

Motoring

Car goes in fire in Cork
Car goes in fire in Cork

Thousands of Irish owners of Opel Zafiras are being advised to contact their garages after a man's car spontaneously burst into flames.

The incident occurred in Cork as he was queuing to board a ferry from Passage West to Cobh when a fire engulfed the front of the vehicle.

The man managed to scramble to safety, but the car was destroyed.

In Britain, where the cars are called Vauxhall Zafiras, a similar type of fire has afflicted a number of vehicles. The cause has been attributed to a problem with the ventilation system, especially in models with manual air-conditioning.

No official recall has yet been issued in Ireland.

Concerns

However, Opel has advised owners of Zafira cars, bought between 2005 and 2014, to contact their local garage if they have any concerns.

A spokesperson said the company were taking the issue seriously and would take further action.

The company said if motorists notice any unusual characteristics with the car's heating and ventilation system, including a squeaking noise from the dashboard, they should contact their local Opel dealer.

There will be no cost to have the vehicles inspected. Opel stressed that the safety of its customers was its "number one priority."

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