BMW recalls more than 300000 cars over stalling risk


Mr Gurung, 66, who served in the British army for 20 years, died in Hampshire on Christmas Day 2016 after he swerved into a tree while trying to avoid a BMW that had stalled suddenly after a total electrical failure.

The cars that are included in this recall are 1 Series, 3 Series, X1 Series and Z4 models manufactured between 2008 and 2011, and include both diesel and petrol models.

It has been found that a BMW auto involved in a fatal collision in 2016 lost all power due to an electrical fault which could affect a wide range of BMW models.

BMW shares are trading a little higher Wednesday, amid news the German carmaker will recall up to 300,000 vehicles in the United Kingdom after an electrical fault has been linked to a fatal accident.

Following the fatal accident, BMW ordered the recall of more than 36,000 vehicles over safety concerns, The Guardian reports.

BMW are taking the proactive step of expanding the recall of vehicles potentially affected by the power supply issue.

The BMW Z4 is among the 312,000 vehicles being recalled
SUPPLIED The BMW Z4 is among the 312,000 vehicles being recalled

According to the BBC, it said it now recognised similar problems may have affected cars that were not caught in the first recall.

BMW sold 182,000 cars in 2016, so this recall represents a significant amount of BMW vehicles on the UK's roads.

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.

The court heard that BMW didn't initially issue a recall for the fault in the United Kingdom, as it was not felt to be "critical" because drivers would still be able to brake and steer if their cars were affected - though their brake, head and hazard warning lights would not function. However while there were recalls in the US, Australia, Canada and South Africa, no cars were recalled in the United Kingdom until after the accident to Gurung. These numbers do not include the latest issue.

Effectively this means the car's battery and fuse box being cut off from each other, with the result that all electrical power is disabled. This can cause the auto to lose power completely and stall.

Hill said: "It is not a safety defect because a prior warning [such as the auto not starting] is given to the user in the majority of cases". In a breakdown, the driver would lack the ability to switch on the car's brake or hazard lights. "The vehicle is still under control". "As this matter is still the subject of court proceedings, we are unable to comment specifically on it".