May 2018 DVSA recall round-up: BMW recalls 312,000 cars over stalling risk

Published 09 May 2018

BMW is recalling 312,000 cars following an investigation by the BBC's Watchdog Live programme. The show discovered that models including the 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 and X1 with petrol and diesel engines are at risk of stalling because of an electrical issue.

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Although the recall is a voluntary move by BMW, it follows a fatal crash when a Ford Fiesta hit a stranded 3 Series on Christmas Day in 2016. The driver of the Fiesta, 66-year-old Narayan Guyung, was killed after swerving to avoid the BMW 3 Series which was abandoned at the side of the road without any lights.

The recall affects models built between March 2007 and August 2011. BMW says owners will be contacted, but concerned customers can contact their hotline on 0800 083 4397.

Other recalls within the past few weeks include hundreds of Hyundai Santa Fe models recalled over fears the steering wheel may detach itself during driving.

The recall affects 304 Santa Fes built between June 2017 and January 2018. According to the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency, the outer rim of the steering wheel is in danger of breaking away from the boss when turned from lock to lock. This will leave the car unable to be driven.

>>>Audi recalls 60,000 diesels over “irregularities” in engine software

Mazda has issued a recall for nearly 5000 of its cars built between 2015 and 2017 after a fault emerged which could cause the engine to fail.

This affects the 1.5-litre Skyactiv-D diesel engine fitted to the Mazda 2, 3 and CX-3 and is caused by the engine protection logic not working, says the DVSA. When the engine speed reaches maximum, with no engine load present, the software is unable to cut the engine. This could, in extreme cases, cause catastrophic engine failure.

More than 5000 Audi A4 and A5 Sportback models built between October 2014 and October 2017 are being recalled over a piece of aluminium interior trim which could detach from the front or rear doors, risking injury to passengers.

Audi will replace four aluminium strips on the loud speakers fitted to all affected cars as part of the recall.

Recall number Make Model Problem


Mazda 2, 3 and CX-3 Software error can cause engine to fail


Renault Clio and Captur  Dipped beam may fail to light the road ahead to a sufficient level


Jeep Wrangler  Brake light switch may fail
R/2018/050 Lexus RC-F, GS-F and LC500 Fuel pump might leak
R/2018/085 Hyundai Sonata and Grandeur   Moisture may enter ABS module
R/2018/099 BMW X3 and X4 Engine could stall




Front brake hoses may chafe



A4 and A5 Sportback

Aluminium interior trim may detach



Santa Fe

Steering wheel may detach


Hyundai Ioniq EV

Possible coolant leak

Check your car's MOT history


John of Gloster    on 10 May 2018

My friendly neighbour and car enthusiast used to castigate me for my choice of means of getting about. His pet phrase .. "You cannot beat German Reliability and Engineering John".

I say used to, he no longer does that now. Not since A dozen years ago when his fine example of German Automotive product left him stranded on the hard shoulder of the nearby M5 whilst his car burnt out its engine. His Porsche cost more to repair than my MG ZS cost new "on the road" back in 2003.

He is well clued up like so many UK car consumers. He's convinced my MGs and Rovers are very reliable simply because of their Honda engines.

He's puzzled that those engines have R O V E R or MG large across their spark plug covers. I imagine Soichiro Honda would be spinning at very high Honda revs in his grave if anyone put their name on one of his engines.

OK I lied about his being well clued up. He is far from alone with such Automotive ignorance. Our UK media in all its forms has much to answer for.

Kevin Hamlinton    on 11 May 2018

I was told german quality control had been going down hill two years ago by a very good engineer friend of mine. Who,Stated thay were trying to make as much profit as possable and cutting back on most components cost`s. Quality does come at a cost sadly...His word`s do seem to be true as the amount of germen cars he gets in (Mechanic) with expensive defects is his main side of the business he feels...He claim`s the quality of the replacement parts in some cases are absolute rubbish and that some audi`s having had three diesel pumps all at great expence.....

Diesel Nut    on 14 May 2018

Add to all that porr build quality of beemers and the problems with the alloys and you have to wonder why anyone would buy one. Who wants a car that catches fire on your driveway. If you want that a Zafira is cheaper

21Twinkle    on 16 May 2018

I would be interested to find the reliability of (former) Japanese companies - manufacturing vehicles outside of Japan - such as India (Suzuki Baleno) compared to a (supposedly) similar Swift, from Japan.
Similarly - KIA and Hyundai - started in S Korea - now made in Mexico, India, Romania amongst many other locations
I understand that they are all supposed to be built to a "standard" but are they ?

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