Opel says Zafira B owners can get vehicles inspected for free

Car manufacturer taking reports of vehicle fires ‘very seriously’

Opel Zafiras built between 2005 and 2012 are being investigated for a potential risk of fire in the air conditioning and heating system.

Opel Zafiras built between 2005 and 2012 are being investigated for a potential risk of fire in the air conditioning and heating system.

 

Opel Ireland has said owners of certain Zafira B model cars are entitled to a free inspection of the vehicle amid fire safety concerns.

The company is carrying out and investigation following reports of fires in the heating and ventilation systems in the vehicles.

In a statement, Opel said “Zafira B model customers with manual air conditioning or no air conditioning from 2005-2014 can go to their Opel dealership for a free inspection. If any of the parts in the heating and ventilation system need replacing, Opel will do so at no cost to the customer.

Opel said the number of incidents of fires was extremely low but that it was taking the issue very seriously “and will take further action”.

There are 8,000 Opel Zafiras, registered from 2005-2012, on the road in Ireland, according to the company which confirmed eight have been affected by the fault to date.

A spokeswoman said the company could not anticipate how many vehicles will be affected by the problem.

“The safety of our customers is the number one priority. Our investigations to date have found that a number of incidents have occurred due to previous repairs being performed improperly or using certain non-genuine parts,” an Opel spokeswoman said.

For further information customers should call Opel Customer Assistance on (01) 533 9818.