London Fire Brigade report details 71 fires involving Vauxhall Zafira cars over past two years

The lawyer representing individuals affected by Vauxhall Zafira cars which have allegedly burst into flames has said she is deeply concerned by a London Fire Brigade Report which suggests the problem is more common than previously thought.

According to the London Fire Brigade it has attended 71 fires involving Zafira cars over the past two years, compared to just 38 in the previous four years.

Vauxhall claims the cause of the fires is improper repair of the heater fan resistor's thermal fuse, which protects the system and has said that it is writing to Zafira B owners to arrange to have the car's heating and ventilation system inspected.

Jill Paterson from the Consumer Law and Product Safety group at law firm Leigh Day, who is representing people affected by the Zafira fires in potential legal action against Vauxhall, said:

"We would urge all owners of Zafira B cars to visit a dealership and get their car checked, fortunately we are not aware of any serious injuries but the potential is there for a very significant incident.

"The scale and potential severity of these issues to consumers across the UK calls for a full investigation into the root cause. Consumers may feel that Vauxhall’s response simply isn’t good enough”

London Fire Brigade 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.

"Then call the fire brigade and never go back to the vehicle while you're waiting. If you are concerned that your vehicle is affected by the recall then contact your manufacturer immediately.”