Vauxhall is to recall 220,000 Zafira B models after a number of reports of cars catching fire.
Investigations have led Vauxhall to believe these fires are the result of non-genuine parts used to fix heating problems.
The recall involves Vauxhall Zafira B, right-hand-drive models, built between 2004 and 2014 with either manual or no air conditioning.
Vauxhall has started offering free inspections for affected customers and any necessary repairs will then be free of charge. Although this process could take some time.
If you have any concerns, the advice is to not use the heating until you have had it checked.
Over 100,000 cars a year go up in flames by the side of the road, all for various reasons.
As a fire could break out with your family on-board, you should prepare in case the worst should ever happen.
At the first signs of smoke, especially if it is entering the car, stop the car as soon as it is safe to do so.
Make sure to then switch off the engine and get everyone out of the vehicle.
Get everyone as far away from the car as possible, and then stay away and call the fire brigade.
Having a multi-purpose dry powder or foam spray extinguisher in the car allows you to fight the fire if safe to do so.
Keeping it in the boot means you have to get out the car to retrieve the extinguisher.
This forces you to get to safety, rather than remaining seated in the car.
You should release the bonnet, but take care to never open it.
This is because you will end up feeding the fire oxygen, which will then cause the fire to quickly get out of control.
Instead, you should aim the extinguisher through the radiator grill and around the edge of the bonnet.
But a car fire can rapidly spread and can get very dangerous in an instant.
So take care if you do decide to tackle a car fire.
In order to best prevent a fire, keep your car well maintained and only let competent individuals perform repairs.