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09th May 2018

BMW to recall cars sold in Ireland after 312,000 affected in UK by electrical fault

Michael Lanigan

BMW recall

The cars that are included in this recall are 1 Series, 3 Series, X1 Series and Z4 models.

BMW cars sold in Ireland will be included in its major UK recall due to an electrical fault that has caused some of its vehicles to cut out.

Approximately 312,000 of the German automakers cars have been affected by the issue in the UK, while in Ireland the number has yet to be confirmed.

The cars that are included in this recall are 1 Series, 3 Series, X1 Series and Z4 models manufactured between 2008 and 2011, and include both diesel and petrol models.

The company is expected to contact customers as part of this recall, while BMW in Ireland will look at cars sold and registered during this period, according to RTÉ

Initially, the automaker issued a recall to 36,000 owners in the UK following the death of a 66-year-old man who swerved into a tree on 25 December, 2016 while attempting to avoid a BMW that had suddenly cut out due to an electrical fault.

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

The issue will be highlighted as part of an investigation carried out by BBC’s Watchdog consumer protection programme, which will be broadcast on BBC1 at 8pm on 9 May.

In a statement, 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.

“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.”