BMW recalls 300000 cars over potentially lethal fault

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Following the fatality, more than 36,000 cars were recalled via the Driver and Vehicle Standards Authority (DVSA). Both diesel and petrol fueled vehicles are being recalled. The initial recall was held following the death of Narayan Gurung, who crashed his Ford Fiesta on Christmas Day 2016 while swerving to avoid a broken-down BMW.

This follows a previous recall of BMW autos a year ago, though that only covered 36,000 cars.

Cars affected by the electric fault, and therefore covered under the recall, include all BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, the Z4 sports auto and X1 SUVs that were manufactured between March 2007 and August 2011.

German automaker BMW is recalling 312,000 of its cars in Britain after the BBC's Watchdog found that they could cut out completely while being driven, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

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"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".

"Now we have seen that there may be other similar cases with problems in energopodachi cars that were not recalled previously".

The manufacturer will contact owners of affected vehicles directly, and is setting up a customer helpline.

The lawyer representing Mr Gurung's family at the inquest told Mark Hill, BMW's supplier quality engineer: "If someone's vehicle suffers a total electrical failure on a motorway or on an A-road they lose the ability to use their brake lights or hazard lights and that gives rise to serious injury or death".

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He said: "I just thought to myself, if I was driving on the motorway with my family in the vehicle, that could have been very risky".

BMW are taking the proactive step of expanding the recall of vehicles potentially affected by the power supply issue.

DVSA chief executive, Gareth Llewelyn said: '[BMW] provided us with incorrect information about the faults, so we were not able to make an informed decision.

Mr Kambafwile said he took his vehicle to BMW who called the next day to say that they had found the fault, which looked like "the cable had burnt out and no current was passing through the fuse box".

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BMW faced backlash after an inquest last week heard that the company failed to recall thousands of potentially risky vehicles despite customers complaining power issues from as early as 2011. Drivers unsure about when their auto was manufacturered should contact their local BMW dealership. These numbers do not include the latest issue.

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