BMW’s Hybrid Models May Catch Fire Due to Defective Batteries

The Bavarian automaker is forced to recall its hybrid models from around the world.

BMW has announced the recall of 26,700 hybrid cars worldwide: it will affect the X1, X2, X3 and X5; the 3 Series, 5 Series and 7 Series sedans; and the 2 Series Active Tourer. At the same time, the MINI Countryman will be repaired.

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Due to problems in the supplier's production, defective batteries were installed on cars manufactured between January 20 and September 18, 2020. It has turned out that the battery could get moisture through the heat removal valve in the charging module. Because of this, there is a risk of a short circuit, which can lead to a fire. The global recall affects 26,700 cars.

Earlier, Ford got in a similar situation. The manufacturer equips the plug-in hybrid Kuga with batteries from the same supplier as BMW does. It is known about at least 4 cases of short circuit, which is why the American company has recalled such SUVs.

It was previously reported that there were more than 20,800 Kugas, which had been assembled at the Spanish factory until June 26, 2020, in the risk group. Dealerships have suspended sales of this model, and owners, who had managed to buy a plug-in hybrid, were advised not to plug it into an outlet until the defect would be fixed.

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