Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Over 300000 BMW Models Recalled in the UK

Over 300000 BMW Models Recalled in the UK

German auto-giant BMW has announced for a recall of approximately 300,000 cars in the United Kingdom owing to an electrical fault that led a majority of the vehicles to dysfunction.

The company is expected to contact directly those customers affected by the recall of the BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 and X1 petrol and diesel models made between March 2007 and August 2011. The recall is being issued voluntarily to fix an issue with the electrical system which may cause the affected cars to stall while being driven and have a complete electrical malfunction.

"We now recognise that there may have been some cases of similar power-supply issues in vehicles not covered by the original recall", BMW said.

"Hence, we are declaring today that we will take the hands-on step for escalating the current United Kingdom recall to cover all vehicles that are probably affected by the power-supply issue".

Britain's Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) revealed last week that BMW had failed to alert authorities to 19 cases of electrical faults in a auto model that had been involved in a fatal crash.

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'It [then] provided us with incorrect information about the faults, so we were not able to make an informed decision, ' the DVSA is quoted by Sky News.

A company spokesman said 312,000 diesel and petrol cars are being recalled in Britain, having conducted safety checks on more than 36,000 petrol cars past year.

These vehicles are part of an initial recall of 36,410 cars past year over identical issues, and they could stall without any warning to the person behind the wheel. "We keep our approach to safety recalls constantly under review to ensure we are able to respond, more quickly, to emerging issues and prioritise activities where they are most needed".

A BMW 3-Series owner stepped forward and told BBC that his vehicle stalled while he was driving it in December 2016. BMW finally agreed to recall the vehicles on 10 April 2017.

The DVSA does not now have the power to order a recall itself, and can only to ask the manufacturer or distributor to do so. "The next day they called me to say they had found a fault, it looks like the cable had burnt out and no current was passing through the fuse box".

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