BMW has released a large-scale recall of its cars, due to a BBC watchdog report that found their vehicles may cut out completely whilst being driven.
312,000 vehicles are now being recalled, as opposed to the initial 36,410 petrol cars last year. The cars recalled are BMW 1 series, 3 series, Z4 and X1 models manufactured between March 2007 and August 2011.
It said it now recognised there may have been similar problems in cars not covered by the first recall.
The cars were recalled due to the death of a driver named Narayan Gurung, who crashed into a tree on Christmas day to avoid a broken-down BMW.
The BMW had suffered an electrical fault, causing its brake lights to fail and resulting in the vehicle stalling on a dark A-road.
BMW said it had worked with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and rejected suggestions it had ignored instructions or provided incorrect information in relation to unsafe issues with their cars.
An inquest showed that the manufacturers had received complaints to do with total power failure as early as 2011.
Commenting on Watchdog’s investigation, BMW said: “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.
BMW said that it will open a customers’ complaints line and will contact affected owners directly.
Those affected physically or mentally by the power failure, by being involved in an accident that wasn’t their fault should be liable for compensation.
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