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BMW recalled 26,700 vehicles in danger of fire


The German automaker recalled plug-in hybrid models because of a faulty high-voltage battery that could cause an explosion or fire.

After BMW’s recall of nearly 4,500 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles in August, the number of recalls has now risen to around 26,700 globally. The main cause is short circuit phenomenon that can occur in high voltage battery pack, which can cause fire when in use.

List of affected models includes X1 (F48), X2 (F39), X3 (G01), X5 (G05), 2-Series Active Tourer (F45), series 3 (G20), series 3 Touring (G21) ), series 5 (G30), series 5 Touring (G31) and series 7 LCI (G11 / G12). Additionally, some BMW i8 and Mini Countryman (F60) cars were also affected.

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According to BMW engineers, a number of new differences have been identified in the production of its battery pack. External impurities, such as residues of particles when soldered, are electrically conductive can penetrate the battery block during assembly, thereby causing short circuits and explosions. The lithium-ion battery blocks are supplied by Northvolt – a battery developer and manufacturer in Sweden, specializing in lithium-ion technology for electric vehicles.

“When the batteries are fully charged, this can lead to short circuits inside the battery cells, which can lead to a fire. There are about 26,700 vehicles affected worldwide,” said a BMW spokesperson. Some models are already owned, the rest are waiting for delivery. BMW apologizes for the inconvenience caused to customers, but safety comes first. “

BMW is not the only automaker to have battery problems. A few days ago, Hyundai recalled about 77,000 Kona EVs due to the risk of battery fire, after a car caught fire in an underground parking lot in Daegu city. There have been 16 similar cases reported globally. In addition, Ford, which uses batteries with the same battery supplier as BMW, made a similar announcement to the Kuga PHEV in the middle of this year after four cars were electrocuted and caught fire.

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