BMW Recalls 312,000 Cars At Risk Of Stalling While Being Driven
Consider the scene - you're driving down the road in your BMW car, feeling like a boss, listening to some tunes, then suddenly the car stalls and you can't restart the engine.
Terrifying stuff, but it could happen - BMW have recalled 312,000 vehicles after BBC's Watchdog found out that they could cut out while on the road.
The models recalled are: the BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4, and X1 petrol and diesel models made between March 2007 and August 2011.
The initial recall of 36,410 cars has now been extended after they realised that a similar fault could be in other models.
The first recall came after the tragic death of Narayan Gurung, whose Ford Fiesta crashed in Guildford, Surrey, while trying to avoid a broken down BMW. He crashed into a tree on Christmas Day 2016 and was killed.
After the problem had caused the BMW to break down, its brake lights failed, meaning that it was left in the dark on an A-road.
One BMW driver told the BBC's consumer awareness programme that his diesel BMW 3 series simply packed in while he was driving back in 2017.
He said: "I just thought to myself if I was driving on the motorway with my family in the car, that could have been very dangerous,"
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The next day he took his car into the shop and they identified what they thought was the problem, fixed it, and let him drive away without warning.
He refused to drive it and then discovered later that the same problem could have also affected petrol models too.
BMW also failed to let the UK's Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) know about the electrical problem affecting their cars and how it was involved in Mr Gurung's death.
On the show, they rejected allegations that they had provided the wrong information or ignored the DVSA.
However, an inquest revealed that they had complaints regarding the same problem as early as 2011. They recalled 500,000 cars in 2013 across the USA, Australia, Canada, and South Africa.
They told Watchdog: "We now recognise that there may have been some cases of similar power supply issues in vehicles not covered by the original recall.
"In order to reassure customers with concerns about the safety of their vehicles, we are voluntarily extending the recall.
"We are therefore announcing today that we will take the proactive step of expanding the existing UK recall to cover all vehicles potentially affected by the power supply issue."
There is also a customer complaints line, and BMW will be contacting affected customers.
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