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Opel to begin recalling cars following fires

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
The latest incident occurred in Cork last week
The latest incident occurred in Cork last week

Opel is to begin recalling Zafira vehicles in Ireland following a number of engine fires in recent months.

The decision has been made by the car manufacturer after a number of potentially dangerous fires which have occurred in the car's engine. 

In a statement released today, Opel Ireland said they take the issue "very seriously" and will be taking further action. 

"Opel has carried out an investigation following reports of fire in the area of the heating and ventilation system in a number of Opel Zafiras (Zafira B model launched in 2005, not current Zafira Tourer).

"While the number of incidents is very low in proportion to the number of vehicles on the road, we take this issue very seriously and will take further action.

"The safety of our customers is the number one priority. Our investigations have found that a number of incidents have occurred due to previous repairs being performed improperly or using certain non-genuine parts.

They provided the following advice to owners of the model:

"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 Opel dealer and arrange for your vehicle to be inspected. This will be done at no cost."

A series of fires have occurred in the Zafira model both in Ireland and the UK. The latest occurred in Cork last week.

Emergency services were called to the scene after a man was forced to abandon his car when it caught fire. He was about to board the ferry from Passage West to Cobh when a fire started in the dashbaord of his car.

In the UK, Vauxhall have committed to recalling thousands of Zafira vehicles following a large number of fires. 

The British equivalent of the Opel brand under which GM sells elsewhere in Europe, said it was aware of at least 133 cases reported via the group, which have been dealt with by insurance companies, alongside 20 cases which Vauxhall itself had been inspecting. 

RTE report that around 8,000 vehicles are to be recalled.