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Recall news: all about BMW electrical and VW Group seatbelt alerts

Everything drivers need to know about the BMW electrical recall and the Volkswagen Group seatbelt alert

In the same week, a major recall and important alert have been launched by manufacturers of some of Britain’s best-selling cars. BMW has initiated a UK-wide recall of 312,000 cars after admitting certain models have suffered an electrical short-circuit. And Volkswagen and Seat are having to repair around 30,000 models due to a potentially dangerous seatbelt defect.

BMW is setting out to rectify an electrical fault that could leave drivers stranded with no headlights, brake lights, indicators or hazard lights. It made primetime TV after featuring on BBC One’s Watchdog show.

Meanwhile, independent safety tests revealed that the latest generation VW Polo, Seat Ibiza and Seat Arona, could unfasten one of the rear seatbelts without warning.

It is important that owners of the affected vehicles take action and follow the manufacturers’ guidelines to ensure their vehicle remains safe to drive. Here’s how to find out if the recall and alert involve your car.

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£5000 family cars to replace a Vauxhall Zafira

£5000 family cars

From the side it appears a bit van-like but the Roomster is surprisingly spacious (Picture © Skoda)


Drivers looking for £5000 family cars after having their confidence knocked in the Vauxhall Zafira still have plenty of choice. The seven-seat Zafira has been the subject of high-profile social media campaigns and an investigation by BBC Watchdog . More than 130 were reported to have suffered serious overheating problems that led to in excess of 20 fires being investigated by Vauxhall.

The car maker is offering concerned drivers a free safety check. But for many, that won’t be enough. For all those who were thinking of buying a Zafira, and for existing owners who have lost their faith in the practical Vauxhall, we’re looking at three rival £5000 family cars.
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