BMW to recall more than 300000 cars in United Kingdom over stalling risk

Olive Hawkins
May 10, 2018

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), the government organisation responsible for monitoring auto safety recalls, told BMW at a meeting in 2016 that they did "not want a fatality". Both petrol and diesel models are affected. Former Gurkha soldier Narayan Gurung, 66, died on Christmas Day 2016 when he crashed his Ford Fiesta into a tree in Hampshire while swerving to avoid a BMW vehicle which had cut out due to an electrical fault, an inquest in Woking, Surrey, was reportedly told.

Last year BMW recalled 36,410 petrol cars due to safety issues.

BBC's Watchdog found that the vehicles could stall while they're being driven.

BMW has since said that there was no further United Kingdom recall because there are technical differences between cars in the United Kingdom and other markets, as well as differences in technical layouts due to left and right-hand drive.

One BMW owner, Mwape Kambafwile, told the BBC how his BMW 3 Series auto had cut out completely while he was driving in December 2016.

The BMW had suffered an electrical fault, causing its brake lights to fail and resulting in the vehicle stalling on a dark A-road.

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

DVSA chief executive, Gareth Llewelyn said: '[BMW] provided us with incorrect information about the faults, so we were not able to make an informed decision. According to Mr Kambafwile, his local BMW dealership told him "the cable had burnt out and no current was passing through the fuse box", but subsequently let him drive his vehicle home without warning him not to drive it.

The inquest revealed that BMW had received complaints of this electrical issue as early as 2011.

However, the BBC said that BMW had now recognised there may have been similar problems in cars not covered by the first recall. Drivers unsure about when their auto was manufacturered should contact their local BMW dealership. They recalled 500,000 cars in 2013 across the USA, Australia, Canada, and South Africa.

BMW faced backlash after an inquest last week heard that the company failed to recall thousands of potentially unsafe vehicles despite customers complaining power issues from as early as 2011.

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