Zoe Ali


BMW recalls 312,000 vehicles from UK roads

Four very common models are affected

BMW has confirmed a second recall of thousands of vehicles from UK roads, due to problems with the cars' power supply that has been linked to a fatal crash.

The manufacturer will contact owners of : the BMW 1 Series, the 3 Series, the Z4 and its X1 petrol and diesel models made between March 2007 and August 2011 - in the next three weeks.

According to BMW, "feature a design of wiring configuration that means vehicle vibrations could potentially cause frictional corrosion on the plug of the power distributor".

It means a vehicle's battery could lose connection to the fuse box, rendering the car completely powerless. In a breakdown, the driver would lack the ability to switch on the car's brake or hazard lights.

BMW initially recalled 36,410 petrol cars last year over safety issues.

It said, it now recognised there may have been similar problems in cars not covered by the first recall.