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BMW recalls 300000 cars that risk stalling completely

BMW recalls 300000 cars that risk stalling completely

The German carmaker had already issued a safety call of about 36,000 petrol vehicles previous year but has extended it after acknowledging the fault could affect more cars.

BMW is Recalling a series of models of their cars after the detection of short-circuit during movement of the vehicle.

The recall will cover BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 and X1 petrol and diesel models made between March 2007 and August 2011, the Guardian reported.

An investigation by the BBC's Watchdog consumer programme, to be broadcast tonight, reveals an issue with a number of BMW models that causes the cars to cut out completely when they are being driven.

This could cause the vehicles to shut down all lighting systems, such as hazard warning lights, brake lamps and headlights.

BMW has now issued a statement in which it says "there may have been some cases of similar power supply issues in vehicles not covered by the original recall".

"We are therefore announcing today that we will take the proactive step of expanding the existing United Kingdom recall to cover all vehicles potentially affected by the power supply issue".

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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.

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The problem first came to light after a driver in Surrey was killed when his Ford Fiesta collided with a tree while trying to avoid a stationary BMW on Christmas Day in 2016, the BBC reports.

The electrical fault affects a range of BMWs, which can suffer from deteriorating battery cables, leading to a loss of power and lights. Gurung died at the scene and his wife was seriously injured, an inquest was told last week.

CARS SOLD IN Ireland will be included in a recall of 312,000 BMW vehicles.

'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'.

A BMW spokesman said: "Now we recognise the need to widen the recall to capture a larger cohort of cars". No lights is the biggest concern. The auto can break down and the driver not be able to use lights or hazard flashers to warn other motorists of their issue. He added the fault was "deemed not critical because the driver is still able to steer the auto and brake the vehicle".