Wednesday, 2 May 2018

BMW under fire over electrical fault in one of its cars

The UK's vehicle safety agency said BMW failed to tell it about an electrical fault in one of its cars that was involved in a fatal collision.

On Christmas Day 2016, Narayan Gurung and his wife swerved their Ford Fiesta into a tree to avoid a BMW saloon.

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 was "deeply saddened" but could not comment further.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency said: "BMW did not make DVSA aware of electrical failure in its cars between 2011 and 2014, as it is required to do.
"It then provided us with incorrect information about the faults, so we were not able to make an informed decision. However, after examining the growing evidence, DVSA contacted BMW in December 2016 to ask it to conduct a full safety recall of the affected vehicles."

Mr Gurung died at the scene and his wife was seriously injured.

An inquest this week revealed that BMW had received complaints of an electrical issue that caused a total power failure as early as 2011.

BMW recalled 500,000 cars in the US in 2013, as well as smaller recalls in Australia, Canada and South Africa, to address the problem.

The manufacturer received further vehicle safety defect reports from the DVSA in 2014.

BBC       News. 

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