Vauxhall has issued a recall for 220,000 Zafira B cars after a spate of apparently spontaneous fires.

Zafiras built between 2005 and 2014 – the period of Vauxhall Zafira B production – with no or manual air conditioning are affected. Cars with automatic climate control are unaffected, as are earlier Zafira A and current Zafira Tourer models.

The issue first came to light in October, after a small number of Zafiras caught fire for no apparent reason. Vauxhall immediately launched an investigation, hampered by the fire damage, concluding that the cause is likely to be irregularities with the blower motor restrictor and the thermal fuse that are meant to protect the system.

However, Vauxhall also noted that fires only occurred where previous repairs had been carried out improperly or using non-genuine parts.

Regardless, Vauxhall will write to all owners of affected cars requesting they go to a dealership to have their car checked. Rory Harvey, managing director of Vauxhall, said in a statement: “We will check all components and replace any suspect parts free of charge. If you are the first owner and your system is functioning well, there should be no risk.”

Letters will be sent out from November 12. In the meantime, concerned owners can call 0800 026 0034, e-mail Vauxhall.customerassistance@vauxhall.co.uk, or visit www.vauxhall.co.uk/zafiracustomeradvice.html for more information.

“We are very sorry that this situation has arisen,” Harvey added. “Safety is our key priority. We have been investigating this issue with the utmost priority.” You can view the full statement here.

By Only Motors