BMW to recall more than 300,000 vehicles in the UK for stalling risk

BMW is Recalling more than 300,000 cars in the UK due to the electrical malfunction that caused some vehicles to cut.

The German automaker has released in the past year, the security challenge, covering about 36,000 vehicles with gasoline engines, but also extended it following a guilty plea may affect more cars.

It is expected that the company will directly contact those customers affected by the recall, BMW 1 series, 3 series, Z4 and X1 in petrol and diesel models made between March 2007 and August 2011.

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In the latest opinion follows a Bi-bi-si direct Watchdog investigation found that the vehicle could cut, and drive.

“Now we recognize that there may have been some cases of a similar supply issues in vehicles not covered by the initial recall,” BMW said. “In order to reassure customers with concerns about the safety of their cars, we are voluntarily extending the recall.

“Therefore, we are announcing today that we will take the initiative to expand existing UK recall to cover all vehicles that could potentially be affected by problems of supply.”

Kambafwile Mwape told the BBC that he had no control of his BMW 3 series car after it cut out while he was driving in December 2016.

He said, “I just thought if I was driving on the highway with the family in the car that could be very dangerous.

“I took it to BMW. The next day they called me to tell me that they found the problem, it seems that the cable burned out and the current does not flow through the fuse block”.

BMW Kambafwile allowed to take the car home without warning, not to use it, but he said he felt too uncomfortable to ride.

“I went to work. It was a nightmare, he wasn’t safe enough to drive.”

Last week, the inquiry heard that BMW to recall thousands of potentially dangerous cars, despite complaints from customers about loss of power at the beginning of 2011 until the fault led to the death of veteran Gurkhas, Narayan Gurung.

Gurung, 66, was killed on Christmas day in 2016, when he swerved to avoid a BMW that broke down in Guildford, Surrey.

He died on the spot after his Ford Fiesta collided with a tree; his wife was seriously injured.

BMW in question was an electrical fault, causing his brake lights to fail and the car to stall on a dark highway.

It was not until three months after Gurung died in February 2017, BMW recalled the affected 36,000 vehicles in the UK, previously recalled vehicles with wines in the United States, Canada, South Africa and Australia.

Andy McDonald, labour MP for Middlesbrough and the shadow transport Minister described the behavior of the BMW as a “serious concern.”

“The company was aware of the potential for their vehicles endanger the public for some time, but delayed removing them from our roads. It doesn’t take an investigation of Bi-bi-si, to provoke action to keep our roads safe,” he said.

“BMW has serious questions to answer. But the government must also explain why he has not acted sooner, what actions need to be taken to keep the BMW account, and to consider the authority and the driver and vehicle standards Agency.”

Alex Neill, what? managing Director of home products and services, said: “this review from BMW raises serious questions about the adequacy of the system call the car in this country.

“Drivers will ask why it took so long for BMW to completely recall these potentially dangerous cars in the UK, a few years later than around like the same fault in some other countries.”

Watchdog video will air on Wednesday at 8pm on bbc1.

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