BMW recalls 300,000 UK cars

According to the BBC, BMW has extended a UK recall of 300,000 cars after the BBC’s Watchdog discovered its vehicles could stall completely while being driven.

The company is recalling the BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 and its X1 petrol and diesel models made between March 2007 and August 2011.

Originally, BMW recalled 36,410 petrol vehicles in 2017 over safety issues. However, the company claims it has now realised that similar problems exist that were not enclosed in the initial recall.

The first batch of recalled cars in the UK occurred after the death of Narayan Gurung, who was travelling with his wife when their vehicle crashed into a tree to avoid a broken-down BMW.

The BMW had suffered an electrical fault, causing its brake lights to fail and resulting in the vehicle stalling on a A-road. An investigation carried out by Watchdog found that the fault could affect a wider number of cars.

BMW said to the BBC, ‘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.’