BMW Recalls 312,000 Cars Due to Electrical Faults

Elizabeth Elden
Elizabeth Elden
9th May 2018, 8:00 am
  • Hundreds of thousands of vehicles recalled
  • Petrol and diesel models
  • Faults date back to 2007

BMW is recalling cars that could have a fatal electrical fault in. Image: Getty

BMW is recalling 312,000 UK vehicles due to risks of an electrical fault that has been linked to a fatal car crash.

The manufacturer will contact owners of the affected models- BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 and X1 petrol and diesel models made between March 2007 and August 2011- in the next three weeks.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, DVSA, said last week that BMW had failed to alert UK authorities to 19 cases of electrical faults in one of its models.

An investigation by BBC Watchdog Live found that a technical issue that caused a fatal car crash, could be in a wider number of vehicles than those covered by the original recall of cars in 2017.

A BMW spokesperson said, “Now we recognise the need to widen the recall to capture a larger cohort of cars. We are widening the net as a precaution.”

The firm has not advised customers to stop driving the vehicles.

Some BMW owners have stopped driving theirs as a precaution.

One said, “I just thought to myself, if I was driving on the motorway with my family in the car, that could have been very dangerous.

“I took it to BMW, 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.

“I felt so uncomfortable driving it that we took taxis, I walked to work every day. It was a nightmare, it wasn’t safe enough to drive.”

Contact BMW if you have noticed a problem with your vehicle, as they will likely be able to fix it.

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