Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Richmond Motors defends integrity of BMWs sold locally

Richmond Motors, the dealers for BMW locally, said there have not been any bulletins from BMW international related to vehicles authorised for sale in  Trinidad and Tobago. 

Responding to concerns from its customers following a Looptt report on an imported BMW that exploded in the garage of a Santa Cruz businessman, Richmond Motors said they always follow all internal due diligence and mandated international BMW  protocols.    

"We have checked the  BMW Service  Portal, which automatically notifies all authorised dealers of any open recalls, service actions or technical campaigns, and there are currently no bulletins related to this type of incident for any vehicles, authorised for sale, in Trinidad and Tobago. Richmond Motors customers can rest assured that this is an isolated incident in Trinidad and Tobago," the company said in the statement. 

The company noted that the Fire Services are still conducting investigations into the incident, and to date have made no conclusive determinations as to the cause of the fire.  

On Sunday, Kriss Marcus escaped life-threatening injuries when his BMW 2014 528i 5 series exploded minutes after he parked it in his garage.

There have been several international reports of BMWs catching on fire, the latest being in South Korea which this week banned thousands of cars.

Marcus purchased his car directly from a BMW dealer in the UK.

Richmond Motors noted that his car was never serviced at their dealership.    

"Additionally this vehicle has never been on our system, nor registered for sale within our territory. Richmond Motors is nevertheless attempting to contact the owner to get a better understanding of what happened and to assist if possible," the company said. 

The company said it is grateful that the Marcus is ok and that he and his family are unharmed.