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BMW PHEVs Can Catch Fire if You Fully Charge the Battery, Recall Already on the Way

BMW Group issued a global recall for its Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) that have a risk of short-circuiting when fully charged.

The recall affects 4,509 vehicles in the US and some 26,700 cars globally. Thankfully, less than one-third of those have been delivered to customers yet. The recall is limited to BMW PHEV vehicles built between January 20 and September 18, 2020.

The models affected in the US are:

Model Year and NameNumber of units
2020-2021 X3 x-Drive 30e2441
2021 X5 x-Drive 45e1228
2021 330e664
2020-2021 530e132
2020-2021 Mini Cooper Countryman All 4 SE33
2020 i88
2021 745Le x-Drive3

BMW Group has launched a worldwide safety recall and stopped delivery of a small number of plug-in hybrid vehicles as a preventative measure to check the high voltage battery. An internal analysis has shown that in very rare cases, particles may have entered the battery during the production process.” said a spokesperson in a statement. 

“When the battery is fully charged this could lead to a short circuit within the battery cells, which may lead to a fire. Around 26,700 vehicles are affected worldwide, some of which are already with customers – with the remainder awaiting delivery. BMW apologizes for the inconvenience caused to customers, but of course, safety must come first.”

The solution to this problem is not yet clear, but while BMW is working on it, the brand has advised owners of the affected vehicles not to charge their cars at all and use them as conventional internal combustion vehicles. The German manufacturer also advised to not use the Sport mode of paddle shifters.

Source: Carscoops

About Devansh Mehta

Devansh Mehta
Currently in his third year in Mechanical Engineering, Devansh Mehta was born with an immense love for anything on four wheels with an engine. He has particular interest in modern supercars, hypercars, and motorsports.

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