Saturday 10 December 2016

Opel owners told to contact garage after car fire horror

Published 30/10/2015 | 02:30

A fire broke out in the car while its driver was queuing for the ferry at Passage West, Co Cork
A fire broke out in the car while its driver was queuing for the ferry at Passage West, Co Cork

Thousands of Irish owners of Opel Zafiras are being advised to contact their local garage after the dashboard of a man's car spontaneously burst into flames in Cork.

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

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

Fred Graepel, who captured the blaze on video, said there were two small explosions before the fire brigade extinguished the fire.

In the UK, 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.

However, in a statement to the Irish Independent, 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 was taking the issue seriously. Motorists who noticed any unusual characteristics with the car's heating and ventilation system, including a squeaking noise from the dashboard, should contact their local Opel dealer, it added.

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

Irish Independent

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