BMW is recalling 312,000 cars over fears their engines could cut out

BMW is recalling 312,000 cars in UK over fears their engines could cut out completely while they are being driven

  • BMW is recalling 312,000 of its cars in Britain due to concerns over their engines
  • Vehicles being recalled are 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 and X1 petrol and diesel models
  • Company had already issued a safety recall in 2017 affecting 36,410 petrol cars

German automaker BMW is recalling 312,000 of its cars in Britain due to concerns that they could cut out completely while being driven.

The vehicles being recalled are BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 and X1 petrol and diesel models made between March 2007 and August 2011.

Last year BMW recalled 36,410 petrol cars due to safety issues.

The company had already issued a safety recall in 2017 affecting 36,410 petrol cars. 

The vehicles being recalled are BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 and X1 petrol and diesel models made between March 2007 and August 2011 (pictured is the X1)

 German automaker BMW is recalling 312,000 of its cars in Britain due to concerns that they could cut out completely while being driven (pictured is the 320i)

But after BBC’s Watchdog programme found that the same issue could affect a wider number of cars, the recall is being extended.

The programme features the case of Mwape Kambafwile, whose BMW 3 Series car cut out completely while he was driving in December 2016.

He tells the programme: ‘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.’

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BMW allowed Mwape to take his vehicle home without, he says, any warning not to use it.

‘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.’

Mwape was furious to discover that petrol versions of the same car had been recalled for the same fault – while he was left shouldering the costs of repair himself.

In the programme, independent engineer Mike O’Sullivan is seen examining Mwape’s car to see if its parts are any different than those of the petrol model. 

He says: ‘We can see that they’re using the same connector on both vehicles. It doesn’t look like there is any difference in the main connector to that fuse board.’

BMW told Watchdog: ‘We now recognise that there may have been some cases of similar power supply issues in vehicles not covered by the original recall. 

‘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 issue – namely BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 and X1 petrol and diesel models produced between March 2007 and August 2011.’

The programme features the case of Mwape Kambafile, whose BMW 3 Series car cut out completely while he was driving in December 2016

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