Vauxhall has offered Zafira owners the chance to have their vehicles checked at dealers for free after reports of models setting on fire began to be circulated on social media.

Vauxhall Zafira B

Anyone who thinks their Zafira B model, built between 2005-2014, may be affected should contact their local Vauxhall dealer.

The firm says warning signs that something could be amiss include:

  • Unusual characteristics from the heating system such as a squeaking from behind the dashboard
  • The fan does not work in positions 1, 2 or 3
  • The car has had previous work done on its heater system

Only cars fitted with the standard air conditioning unit, rather than the similar-looking climate control system, are affected – suggesting it could be a problem with the air conditioning switch.

Vauxhall says the way to tell the difference is look for a button marked ‘AUTO’ on the heater panel: if this is present, your car is NOT affected.

Cars with a button carrying a snowflake symbol, and a dial marked 1, 2, 3 and 4, ARE affected.

Until the car can be checked out by a dealer, Vauxhall advises either setting the fan speed to zero or, to clear the screen, only using the fan on level 4 and then turning it off as soon as possible.

The current Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is not affected. Neither, adds Vauxhall, is the first-generation Zafira built between 1999-2005.