Hundred of thousands of BMW owners found out that their cars may have the same fault as the one that caused a death in a crash in 2016. The carmaker issued a recall which affects around 312, 00 UK vehicles after a BBC investigation showed the scale of the problem.
The affected models are BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 and X1 diesel and petrol models that were made between March 2007 and August 2011. Narayan Gurung died on Christmas Day 2016 when he crashed into a tree in Hampshire while swerving to avoid a BMW which stalled due to an electrical fault. An investigation by BBC Watchdog, though, found out that the issue could be in a larger number of vehicles that those covered by the original recall of 36,410 vehicles in 2017.
The carmaker recognized that they need to widen the recall to cover a larger number of cars as a precaution. They say the fault could be fixed within two hours and involves replacing a plug. BMW has not advised customers to stop driving the vehicles.