BMW recalls 312000 cars in UK

Gwen Vasquez
May 10, 2018

The German auto giant said it had recalled 312,000 vehicles, including BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, the Z4 and its X1 petrol and diesel models made between March 2007 and September 2011.

"We are therefore announcing today that we will take the proactive step of expanding the existing United Kingdom recall to cover all vehicles potentially affected by the power supply issue".

BMW told the inquest that a recall had not initially been issued for the fault as it was not considered a critical safety defect, because in most cases owners would be given a warning, such as a vehicle not starting.

It is recalling 312,000 vehicles: the BMW 1 Series, the 3 Series, the Z4 and its X1 petrol and diesel models made between March 2007 and August 2011. He added the fault was "deemed not critical because the driver is still able to steer the auto and brake the vehicle".

If you are affected, your auto will be fixed free of charge.

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An inquest into the death of former serviceman Narayang Guran, aged 66, heard that his Ford Fiesta hit a tree in Guildford, Surrey after trying to avoid the BMW. The work is said to take less than two hours.

The DVSA asked BMW to ensure its cars were safe in February 2016, with the government body's lead engineer, Andrew Tudor, stating that "we do not want a fatality". He said at the time: "It is not a safety defect because a prior warning is given to the user in the majority of cases".

It wasn't until three months after Gurung died, in February 2017, that BMW recalled 36,000 affected vehicles in the United Kingdom, having previously recalled vehicles with the fault in the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa.

According to the BBC, it said it now recognised similar problems may have affected cars that were not caught in the first recall. The company said each vehicle type is being investigated, taking into account the climatic and environmental conditions of each region. In other words, the risk that had been identified was a risk of death. As the result of an electrical fault, the BMW had stalled and come to a halt on a dark A-road near Guilford with no working brake or hazard lights. No lights is the biggest concern.

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