BMW, Mini recall nearly every PHEV model built in 2020 due to fire risk
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BMW is recalling the majority of the plug-in hybrid models built in 2020 because their battery pack poses a fire risk. That's 4,509 vehicles covered by the campaign in the US, including some from Mini.
The list of vehicles affected by this voluntary recall includes examples of the 530e, the X3 xDrive30e and the Mini Countryman SE, coupé and convertible variants of the 2020 i8 as well as the 330e (pictured), the 745Le xDrive (2020 and 2021). and the X5 xDrive45e from model year 2021. All are equipped with a lithium-ion battery, the cells of which may have been contaminated by deposits during the manufacturing process. This emerges from a recall notification from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
BMW hasn't revealed what exactly got into the cells of the Samsung-made battery or how, but it did point out that dirt can create a short circuit that increases the risk of fire and injury. It added that it became aware of the problem after four gasoline-electric X5's suffered a so-called thermal incident.
Engineers are currently developing a solution to the problem. Until a solution is found, BMW is urging owners of affected vehicles not to charge the battery, not drive in manual mode, not activate sport mode and not use the shift paddles. The repair of the vehicles affected by the recall is expected to begin on November 23, 2020.
26,700 cars manufactured between January 20 and September 28, 2020 are part of the global recall. Outside the USA, BMW also sells plug-in versions of the X1, X2 and the 2 Series Active Tourer.
It's been a bad month for electric cars. Ford delayed its Escape PHEV following a recall of its Kuga twin in Europe due to fire hazard. US security officials are reviewing reports of fires in the Chevy Bolt EV, and Hyundai has expanded a recall of the Kona EV.
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