BMW recalls plug-in hybrid models
BMW is going to organize a major recall on its plug-in hybrid vehicles for problems inherent to the batteries, which could start a fire.
Two months ago, the brand had already recalled nearly 4,500 PHEV cars for a welding defect which could also be the cause of fires when recharging.
Eleven models concerned at BMW and Mini
BMW will have to recall 26,700 rechargeable hybrid cars for defects in the battery cells. The German brand reveals that it has detected “impurities in the process of manufacturing cells”, problems which fall to the suppliers of said cells, but above all cause potential accidents.
In the worst case, the impurities in question can cause a short circuit, which could lead to the start of a fire. A report indicates that three starts of fires on vehicles of this type have been noted in Germany in recent days, without the connection with the impurities in question being confirmed.
The BMW Group is recalling a total of 11 models, all plug-in hybrids. These are the X1, X2, X3, and X5 SUVs, the 2 Series Active Tourer MPV, the 3 Series, 5 Series, and 7 Series sedans, the GT i8 Coupé and Roadster, and the Mini Countryman. The latter had already been affected by the welding problem this summer and had also been part of the previous recall.
No solution has yet been found
The issue concerns vehicles produced between January 20 and September 18 this year. Among the 26,700 vehicles, some are already in circulation, others are for sale, and those whose delivery has not been made will be handed over to customers late.
The identification of the vehicles concerned, as well as the protocol put in place, will depend on the attached supplier since BMW buys its battery cells from CATL and Samsung-SDI. As stated by a spokesperson for the brand, the problem is “specific to certain countries and does not necessarily affect all the models mentioned”.
In the meantime, the brand calls on its customers to be extremely careful: the problem would arise when the battery is charged. The instruction is therefore to rely on the hybridization system without plugging in the car and to agree to mainly use the heat engine while waiting for precise directives from BMW. The Munich firm hopes to find a solution, “probably towards the end of October”.