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BMW to blame for delayed recall that led to driver’s death

Neil Hodge | June 18, 2018

Carmaker BMW’s delay in recalling U.K. cars with an electrical fault contributed to a driver’s death, a U.K. inquest has found.

The coroner found that BMW only recalled the faulty cars following the fatality, but also blamed the U.K.’s vehicle safety regulator for its failure to push the carmaker to act more quickly.

Despite the delayed recall, however, the coroner found that there was insufficient evidence to conclude the death was corporate manslaughter.

Narayan Gurung died when his Ford Fiesta crashed into a tree after he swerved to avoid a broken-down BMW early morning on Christmas Day 2016. The car had suffered “a total electrical failure,” which meant the BMW driver was unable to put on the hazard lights to warn other drivers that he had stalled.

The BMW driver, Resham Gurung (no relation to the victim), confirmed there were two incidents previously when he could not unlock his car with the key fob.

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