BMW slammed after recalling another 300,000 cars over serious power fault
The German automotive giant has called back 312,000 vehicles, including the BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, the Z4 and its X1 petrol and diesel models made between March 2007 and September 2011. It’s an extension of another recall which took place in April 2017, when BMW recalled 36,410 petrol-fuelled models.
"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. "In order to reassure customers with concerns about the safety of their vehicles, we are voluntarily extending the recall. We are therefore announcing today that we will take the proactive step of expanding the existing UK recall to cover all vehicles potentially affected by the power supply issues."
Following the confirmation of the recall notice, the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) slammed BMW's failure to provide timely information on faulty vehicles. The DVSA said the automotive manufacturer had not fulfilled its obligation to notify it of 19 cases of electrical failure between 2011 and 2014.
"It then provided us with incorrect information about the faults, so we were not able to make an informed decision," the DVSA said. "However, after examining the growing evidence, DVSA contacted BMW in December 2016 to ask it to conduct a full safety recall of the affected vehicles.
"At present we are handling 417 recalls involving more than 2.9 million vehicles under the code of practice agreed with industry. 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."
The carmaker first recalled the UK cars after a tragic road death on Christmas Day in 2016. Narayan Gurung was travelling with his wife when they crashed their car, resulting in his death. Their Ford Fiesta crashed into a tree to avoid a broken-down BMW in Surrey, after the German-manufactured car suffered an electrical fault. The fault caused the BMW’s brake lights to fail, resulting in the car stalling on a dark A-road.
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