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The inquest received information that BMW had first been alerted to an electrical issue in 2011, which led to the UK Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency issuing a request to ensure the safety of BMW cars in February 2016.

The fault isn't exclusive to cars powered by certain fuels, so the recall applies to both petrol and diesel models.

Mr Gurung, 66, who served in the British army for 20 years, died in Hampshire on Christmas Day 2016 after he swerved into a tree while trying to avoid a BMW that had stalled suddenly after a total electrical failure.

The court heard that BMW didn't initially issue a recall for the fault in the United Kingdom, as it was not felt to be "critical" because drivers would still be able to brake and steer if their cars were affected - though their brake, head and hazard warning lights would not function.

The recall of cars made between 2007 and 2011 follows a BBC investigation which found that cars could cut out completely as they are being driven due to electrical faults.

"We are therefore announcing today that we will take the proactive step of expanding the existing United Kingdom recall to cover all vehicles potentially affected by the power supply issue".

According to BMW the affected cars are fitted with "a design of wiring that means vehicle vibrations could potentially cause frictional corrosion on the plug of the power distributor".

"We now recognise that there may have been some similar cases of similar power-supply issues in vehicles not covered by the original recall", BMW told the Guardian. The vehicle had an electrical fault, which caused the brake lights to fail and the auto to stall.

He said: 'I just thought to myself if I was driving on the motorway with my family in the auto, that could have been very unsafe. According to Mr Kambafwile, his local BMW dealership told him "the cable had burnt out and no current was passing through the fuse box", but subsequently let him drive his vehicle home without warning him not to drive it.

"We are therefore announcing today that we will take the proactive step of expanding the existing United Kingdom recall to cover all vehicles potentially affected by the power supply issue".

There is also a customer complaints line, and BMW will be contacting affected customers.

"For any customers who are concerned as to whether their auto is affected, we urge them to contact their nearest BMW dealer and quote their vehicle's VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)".

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The company proceeded to recall 500,000 cars in the U.S. in 2013, as well as smaller recalls in Australia, Canada and South Africa, to address the problem, leaving questions as to why it did not recall cars in Britain until after Gurung's fatal accident.


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