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Opel carrying out investigation after car bursts into flames outside Cork

This follows a series of incidents in the UK.

Image: RTÉ News

OPEL HAS STARTED an investigation after one of their vehicles burst into flames.

The manufacturer has said that there has been a number of reports of fires in the heating and ventilation systems of Opel Zafiras.

In a statement this evening it has said that it will be taking further action as appropriate.

The models affected were produced and sold between 2005 and 2014, with the company stressing that it does not impact on the Zafira Tourer model.

The fire in Cork happened earlier today in Passage West, and it is understood that the man who had been driving managed to escape.

Opel has said that it will be working with the local authorities in Cork to attempt to identify the cause of the fire.

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Credit: RTÉ News 

The company has said that while the number of incidents is small compared to the total number of vehicles on the road, it is taking the issue “very seriously and will take further action”.

Affiliated manufacturer Vauxhall, who produce many of the same models for the UK market, have seen more than 130 Zafira owners reporting issues with their cars, according to the BBC. 

The company has said that its research to date has found that a number of incidents happened because previous repairs had not been carried out correctly and “non-genuine parts” had been used.

Anyone with any concerns about their vehicle, especially in relation to the heating and ventilation system, is encouraged to contact their local Opel dealer and the vehicle will be inspected free of charge.

One issue that has been specifically identified is a squeaking noise coming from the dashboard of the car.

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