BMW recalls plug-in hybrids over short circuit risk

BMW has to recall various plug-in hybrid models as there is a risk of a short circuit. Customers are strongly advised not to charge the vehicles.

BMW not only calls several plug-in hybrid vehicles back to the workshops, but has also put the delivery of the models on hold, as reported by Auto Motor und Sport (German magazine). This affects over 4,400 cars worldwide and around 1,000 vehicles in Germany, only about 100 of which are with customers.

The company urges vehicle owners to stop charging. Affected are the plug-in hybrid models of the BMW 3 Series, 3 Series Touring, X1, X2, X3, X5, 2 Series Active Tourer, 7, 5 and 5 Series Touring and MINI Countryman – equipped with high-voltage battery units built from March 13 to August 6, 2020.

Short circuit in the high-voltage battery possible

“In rare cases – depending on the shape, size and position of the welding bead – the contamination during the initial charging process could cause a malfunction, such as a short circuit in the high-voltage battery,” says BMW.

Vehicles that are in customer hands are currently not allowed to be charged at a wallbox or charging station. Charging while driving is possible with restrictions.

According to BMW, the owners will be informed “promptly” and individually in writing. The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) in Flensburg has also been informed of the problem and is planning an official recall that will be published shortly.

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1 year ago

So a battery fire hazard really. One of my greatest fears in owning an electric vehicle.