BMW expands UK car recall again

German car manufacturer BMW on Friday expanded a British safety recall for another 88,000 vehicles because of a fire risk.

BMW expands UK car recall again
Workers assemble a BMW 3 Series sedan. File photo: JUNI KRISWANTO / AFP
The announcement — the second in two weeks — comes after it had already expanded an initial recall to 312,000 diesel and petrol vehicles on May 9 due to a risk of engines cutting out.
It will now examine another 88,000 cars, plus 200,000 cars that were already affected by the earlier safety checks.
“BMW has chosen to expand on its existing battery connector recall,” a company spokesman said, adding it would replace two wiring connections.
Models affected by the latest recall are all 3 Series petrol and diesel cars manufactured from December 2004 and July 2011. The models affected in the May 9 recall are the BMW 1 Series, the 3 Series, the Z4 and its X1 cars that were produced between March 2007 and August 2011.
“We are taking the opportunity of the existing recall to proactively check,” the spokesman added on Friday. “In doing so we are taking every precaution in terms of safety while minimising disruption and inconvenience to affected customers.”
The initial recall was launched last year after former Gurkha soldier Narayan Gurung died on Christmas Day in 2016.
He had crashed his Ford Fiesta into a tree while trying to avoid a stalled BMW in the town of Guildford in southern England. 


BMW to stop work in UK plant for two days due to Brexit

German luxury car manufacturer BMW will temporarily close its British plant in Oxford for two days around the current scheduled date for Brexit, a company executive revealed Tuesday.

BMW to stop work in UK plant for two days due to Brexit
Workers at BMW's mini-plant in Oxford. Photo: DPA

“The first concrete measures we have agreed with suppliers is (that) we
will not be producing on October 31st and November 1st,” BMW's chief finance officer Nicolas Peter told reporters at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

He said the decision was agreed with suppliers to “ensure the logistical
security” of the Oxford site, which produces the Mini brand models.

“We have prepared our processes for the Brexit, our systems are able to
cope,” assured Peter.

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Despite a series of setbacks in Westminster, British Prime Minister Boris
Johnson has insisted he will not ask seek a new postponement to the UK's
withdrawal from the European Union, currently set for October 31st.

Like other car manufacturers with plants in the UK, BMW is preparing for
the prospect of a 'no-deal Brexit' and Britain's withdrawal from the EU
without a deal, which Peter warned could push prices up.

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“A 'no-Deal' means that WTO (World Trade Organisation) tarifs will come
into force, which means an aggravated situation compared to the existing one,” he said.

“We would therefore have to increase prices in different markets,” if sales
and production decreased, he explained.

Other manufacturers have already warned of drastic consequences if Brexit goes badly.

Last month, Peugeot chief Carlos Tavares told the Financial Times that
production of Vauxhall and Opel Astra cars could be shifted to southern Europe from Ellesmere Port on Merseyside if Brexit has a negative impact on business.

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