BMW has announced a recall of cars in the United Kingdom to cover approximately 312,000 vehicles, which are in danger of stopping completely while being driven.
The carmaker had recalled over 36,000 cars in 2017. However, a BBC Watchdog investigation discovered that there may be similar problems in some cars that were not covered by the initial action.
The vehicles that are included are the BMW 3 Series, the 1 Series, the Z4 and X1 petrol and diesel models that are made between the period of March 2007 and August 2011. The cars may be affected by an electrical fault which could cause the engine to completely cut out while on the road.
The motor company initially announced a recall following the death of a former Gurkha soldier named Narayan Gurung who was killed when his car crashed into a tree after swerving to avoid a broken down BMW.
A BMW spokesperson stated: “BMW is expanding the existing B+ battery connector UK recall. This relates to predecessor generations of the 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 and X1 built between March 2007 and September 2011.
“BMW will be contacting all affected customers by post advising them of how they can book their car in to have the work carried out. We will commence contacting affected customers in the next three weeks.”
The carmaker said that the work on the cars should take no more than two hours, and there will be no additional cost to the customer.
The managing director of home products and services of Which?, Alex Neill, said that the recall suggested “serious questions about the adequacy of the car recall system in this country”.
Neill stated: “Drivers will be asking why it took so long for BMW to fully recall these potentially dangerous cars in the UK, several years later than recalls around the same fault in a number of other countries.”
He added: “The government must ensure that the DVSA has the powers that it needs to hold manufacturers to account and protect road-users from the dangers of unsafe vehicles.”
Another user, Mwape Kambafwile, said that he stopped driving his BMW 3 Series car after it completely cut out while he was driving in December 2016.
He stated: “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.”