BMW recalls more than 26 thousand carsOctober 15, 2020
BMW has announced the recall of all of its plug-in hybrid vehicles due to battery problems.
The vehicles eligible for the recall campaign included models such as the X1, X2, X3 and X5 SUVs, 3, 5 and 7 Series sedans, Active Tourer 2-Series, i8 and MINI Countryman. The service promotion applies to all of these PHEV hybrid models that were built between January 20th and September 18th this year. BMW estimates that the recall affects around 26,700 vehicles worldwide.
BMW engineers have discovered some inconsistencies in the manufacturing process for their battery packs, which the company obtains from a third-party supplier Northvolt. There are concerns that during assembly, foreign matter could enter the blocks, which could cause a short circuit in the battery and cause a fire.
“The BMW Group has begun recalling its vehicles worldwide and has stopped supplying a small number of plug-in hybrid vehicles as a preventative measure to check the high voltage battery. Internal analysis showed that in very rare cases, particles could enter the battery during the manufacturing process. When the battery is fully charged, it can cause a short circuit in the battery cells, which could cause a fire, ”the brand said.
BMW isn’t the only company suffering from recall issues due to batteries, however. Ford, which uses the same battery provider as BMW, issued a similar notice for the Kuga PHEV this summer after short circuiting and burning four vehicles. Hyundai also began recalling Kona Electric crossovers earlier this month following 16 reported incidents of car fires, forcing the Korean brand to recall more than 25,000 vehicles in South Korea.
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