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 Name||Number of units|
|2020-2021 X3 x-Drive 30e||2441|
|2021 X5 x-Drive 45e||1228|
|2020-2021 Mini Cooper Countryman All 4 SE||33|
|2021 745Le x-Drive||3|
“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.