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BMW issues global recall on plug-in hybrids over fire risk posed when charging

BMW issues global recall on plug-in hybrids over fire risk posed when charging
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The recall impacts several models manufactured during the 2020 calendar year, including the X1 , X2, X3 and X5 hybrid SUVs, plus hybrid versions of the 3-, 5- and 7-Series. Also affected are the 2-Series Active Tourer, i8 and the Mini Countryman PHEV if assembled since January 2020.

The automaker says fewer than a third of the affected vehicles are in customer hands, with the rest on dealer lots; and says most are in Europe, though the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 4,509 cars are affected in America.

The problem has been traced to contaminants entering the battery during production which could lead to a short-circuit when fully charged. The NHTSA names Samsung as the battery supplier, though BMW would not confirm this. The automaker did say it has not received any reports of injuries or accidents tied to the issue, but is aware of one “thermal event.”

Earlier this week, in the U.S. after its European sibling Kuga underwent a similar recall for a fire risk. The Kuga’s batteries are made by Samsung.
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