BMW recalls 300000 United Kingdom cars over stalling fault


Last week, an inquest said that Narayan Gurung, a 66-year-old former serviceman, was killed because he was forced to swerve his Ford Fiesta into a tree to avoid a broken-down BMW that had no lights on in the dark, since it was without power.

The cars that are included in this recall are 1 Series, 3 Series, X1 Series and Z4 models manufactured between 2008 and 2011, and include both diesel and petrol models.

The vehicle brand hadn't informed the DVSA about electrical faults which could stall its cars and lead the brake lights to fail despite first receiving complaints about the fault, on 1 Series, 3 Series and Z4 models, five years earlier, and at least five cars had been fixed under warranty.

About it reports BBC News.

Following the recall confirmation, the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) criticised BMW's failure to provide timely information on its faulty vehicles, saying the company had not made the agency aware of 19 cases of electrical failure between 2011 and 2014, as it is was required to do.

"In order to reassure customers with concerns about the safety of their vehicles, we are voluntarily extending the recall".

BMW has now issued a statement in which it says "there may have been some cases of similar power supply issues in vehicles not covered by the original recall".

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A spokesman said: "Now we recognise the need to widen the recall to capture a larger cohort of cars".

BMW had initially recalled 36,410 petrol cars in April 2017 over safety issues.

He said: 'I just thought to myself if I was driving on the motorway with my family in the auto, that could have been very unsafe.

When Kambafwile took the vehicle to get inspected, he told the BBC that BMW employees told him a cable had burnt out and no current was passing through the car's fusebox.

BMW sold 182,000 cars in 2016, so this recall represents a significant amount of BMW vehicles on the UK's roads. Auto Trader has contacted BMW for comment.

BMW faced backlash after an inquest last week heard that the company failed to recall thousands of potentially risky vehicles despite customers complaining power issues from as early as 2011. However while there were recalls in the US, Australia, Canada and South Africa, no cars were recalled in the United Kingdom until after the accident to Gurung.

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