Woman's horror as 2013 BMW stalled on Limerick to Dublin motorway

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

BMW has recalled thousands of vehicles in Ireland

BMW has recalled thousands of vehicles in Ireland

A MAN whose wife was “nearly killed” on the Limerick to Dublin motorway said it was a miracle she was not involved in an accident when her BMW stalled as she was driving.

It comes as BMW announced it was to recall more than 10,000 cars sold in Ireland between March 2007 and August 2011 due to a fault that can cause the vehicle to stop without warning. The affected models are the BMW 1 Series, the 3 Series and the X1.

However, in this incident, the woman was driving a BMW from 2013.

The woman, who months earlier nearly died from a serious illness, was in the middle of the motorway when the car just stopped as she was on her way home from an appointment.

“Nothing would work, not even the hazard lights and cars were flying past on both sides, blowing their horns. I couldn’t get out of the car, because I thought I would be killed. It was in November and very dark,” she explained.

The incident happened near Birdhill.

“The longer I stayed in the car the more worried I got that I would be hit, so after about fifteen minutes, I made a run for it and got to the barrier in the middle of the road.

“I was waving at people to stop, but they seemed annoyed at me and were blowing their horns.”

Eventually an off-duty fireman on his way to a meeting stopped and helped her get to safety.

Her husband said: “This was a 2013 car which just stopped. She was really frightened and was just glad that other motorists did not hit her.

“I know the cars they are recalling are from between 2007 to 2011, but I think going by our experience they should be looking at more," her husband explained.

The woman, who is from the city, said she bought the BMW as she felt it was a good safe car for her to make frequent visits to Dublin to see her consultant. 

The Limerick Leader made attempts to contact BMW Ireland in relation to the matter, but did not receive a response.