Video: BMW Recalls Hybrids Around The World - They Could Catch Fire After Ford
BMW announced the recall of 9 of its models and one model of the Mini brand, equipped with hybrid power plants. Some malfunctions during the manufacture of their batteries may cause short circuits. Ford has already reported four incidents of fire for the same reason.
- The total number of recalled vehicles is 26,700, some of which have not yet been handed over to customers. The list of models includes rechargeable hybrids BMW X1, X2, X3 and X5, sedans of series 3, 5 and 7, compact MPV 2 Series Active Tourer, sports car BMW i8 and crossover MINI Countryman. Potentially faulty cars were released between January 20 and September 18, 2020.
- It is argued that the problem is not with BMW's assembly line, but with the battery supplier's assembly line. During the assembly process, foreign contaminants could have entered the batteries, which could lead to a short circuit and, as a result, ignition, provided they are fully charged.
As the publication Autoexpress specifies, Ford found itself in a similar situation. The hybrid version of the Kug crossover uses batteries from the same supplier, and after four incidents of fire, a similar recall was issued.
- A few days ago, Hyundai launched a service campaign: Kon electric crossovers had flashed more than a dozen times. The main version of the causes of fire also implies a malfunction of the batteries.