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BMW to Review Thousands of PHEVs for Fire Hazard

BMW family will have to go through the review of thousands of vehicles due to battery fire risk.

The recall affects plug-in hybrid versions manufactured between January 20 and September 18 of this year of the series 3, 5 and 7, X1, X2, X3, and X5, in addition to the Series 2 Active Tourer and the Mini Countryman PHEV. It also affects BMW i8s built this year until production ended in April.

This will mean for BMW having to review some 26,700 affected units, of which 2,930 have already been delivered to buyers, and the rest are pending to reach dealers.

According to the German manufacturer, foreign contaminants have been found in the batteries that could have been accidentally introduced during the pack production. A battery produced by the Korean manufacturer Samsung, although the origin of the error has not been confirmed by BMW.

The brand has indicated in a statement that the withdrawal from the market and the interruption of the delivery of the plug-in hybrid versions are “a preventive measure since an internal analysis has shown that, in very rare cases, particles may have entered the battery during the production process. When the battery is fully charged, this could cause a short circuit, causing a fire.”

According to the media, the recall is expected to go into effect later this month, so customers won’t have to face too long a wait before solving their problem.

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