BMW is recalling 312,000 cars following an investigation by the BBC’s Watchdog Live programme. The show discovered that models including the 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 and X1 with petrol and diesel engines are at risk of stalling because of an electrical issue.
Although the recall is a voluntary move by BMW, it follows a fatal crash when a Ford Fiesta hit a stranded 3 Series on Christmas Day in 2016. The driver of the Fiesta, 66-year-old Narayan Guyung, was killed after swerving to avoid the BMW 3 Series which was abandoned at the side of the road without any lights.
The recall affects models built between March 2007 and August 2011. BMW says owners will be contacted, but concerned customers can contact their hotline on 0800 083 4397.