Almost 3000 BMW and Mini models have spent the last four years rotting away at a salvage yard in Vancouver, Canada after a recall back in 2015.
Jalopnik reports that in February 2015, a storm battered a Halifax port in the far east of Canada shortly after a shipment of 2014 and 2015 BMW and Mini vehicles arrived on shore. The storm was so severe that Transport Canada determined the vehicles may have been exposed to excessive standing water and salt for an extended period of time.
It was reported the Mini models affected could have corroded starter motor power supply cable connectors that could lead to the inability to restart the engine following an engine shutdown by the start-stop system. As for the BMWs, the “lubrication of some internal components within the steering rack may have been exposed to excessive water or salt which could result in higher than normal steering effort or steering binding, increasing the risk of a crash causing injury and/or damage to property.”
The recall notice confirmed that due to concern about long term vehicle quality, all affected vehicles would be pulled from the roads. Jalopnik reports that the 2,996 affected vehicles have been sitting at the salvage yard ever since.
Among the vehicles impacted include the BMW 2-Series, 3-Series, 4-Series, 5-Series, 6-Series, 7-Series, i3, i8, X1, Z4, Mini Cooper, Cooper Convertible, Coupe, Mini Paceman, and Mini Roadster.
In a statement, BMW of Canada confirmed that owners of affected vehicles all had their cars replaced but the future of the cars sitting in this salvage yard remains unclear. Seeing them rotting away is a sad sight and hopefully they will eventually be recycled.