BMW has recalled 26,900 plug-in hybrids globally after discovering an issue throughout the battery that might doubtlessly trigger a hearth.
The fashions span BMW’s in depth vary of plug-in hybrids, from the 2-Collection Energetic Tourer to the 7-Collection flagship sedan, and are “largely” in Europe the corporate stated, with out giving a quantity.
Fewer than a 3rd of the affected fashions have been delivered to clients, whereas the remaining are nonetheless at dealerships, a spokesman for the model stated.
“Inner evaluation has proven that in very uncommon circumstances particles could have entered the battery in the course of the manufacturing course of,” the model stated an announcement. “When the battery is totally charged this might result in a brief circuit throughout the battery cells, which can result in a hearth.”
The vehicles had been constructed between January 20 and September 18 this yr. The recall contains the 330e, which was the No. 4- promoting plug-in hybrid in Europe via seven months, figures from market analysis JATO present. The decision again additionally contains the Countryman from BMW’s sister model, Mini.
In August, BMW initiated a separate recall of 4,460 plug-in hybrids, additionally to appropriate an issue with the battery.
“It isn’t the identical fault as in August. However the root trigger is analogous: irregularities in the course of the manufacturing technique of the battery,” the spokesman stated.
BMW wouldn’t reveal the identify of the battery provider, however media experiences say it’s Samsung.
Though the recall will delay the supply of the plug-in hybrids, BMW stated it nonetheless expects to achieve its new, harder fleet CO2 emissions goal in Europe this yr.
Affected vehicles can be checked at take a look at facilities. Till that processed is accomplished, clients are being requested to not cost their vehicles.
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