BMW has issued another major car recall – its second in as many weeks – and this one has hit the company car sector hard.
That’s because the German car maker has recalled every 3 Series saloon built between December 2004 and July 2011 – some 294,000 cars in the UK.
The recall has been issued due to fears that a wiring harness connecting the heater fan could cause a fire.
Another recall was issued earlier in May after BBC’s Watchdog highlighted a fault that caused cars to stall if a connector between the battery and fuse box wore out prematurely.
Some 312,000 BMWs were affected by this first recall, covering the 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 roadster and X1 compact SUV.
BMW is one of the biggest brands in the world, but its reputation took a hit in the US when it recalled 670,000 cars last year over fire risk fears linked with a cable connecting the heater fan and battery. It eventually emerged that this fault only occurred in warmer climates.
In a statement to the Financial Times, a BMW spokesman said: “We are taking the opportunity of the existing recall to proactively check and replace the wiring harness of the blower regulator. In doing so, we are taking every precaution in terms of safety while minimising disruption and inconvenience to affected customers.”
They added that BMW has notified the DVSA of its intention to recall and will begin the recall process immediately.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “BMW is the go-to brand for many upper-level company car drivers, but this won’t benefit their eternal contest with Mercedes.”
Posted on 21st May 2018
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