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News BMW PHEV Battery Recall Affects Thousands of Vehicles

BMW PHEV Battery Recall Affects Thousands of Vehicles

Battery pack weld problem grounds thousands of BMW and Mini vehicles

  • Affects nearly every series BMW builds

  • Company wants customers to avoid charging until dealer inspection

 


BMW is recalling thousands of PHEV models and stopping delivery of 11 different models after an internal inspection found problems with the welds on the battery were not completely removed on components built from March 13 through August 6 of this year.

The report comes from Auto Motor und Sport to us via electrive.com, stating that the problem affects PHEV models of the BMW 3 Series, X1, X2, X3, X5, 2 Series Active Tourer, 5 and 7 Series, as well as the Mini Countryman.

In the report, it says the problem was in the high-voltage storage tank, which we assume to be a translation error and they mean the battery pack. Readers of electrive have already reported being contacted by their dealer about the situation, and BMW will notify customers individually.

“The technical action will be started shortly and will initially involve checking the high-voltage storage for vehicles already in customer’s hands with regard to the charging history and, if necessary, further measures,” a BMW spokesperson told Auto Motor und Sport. The recall will affect around 1,000 vehicles in Germany and globally this will affect a total of 4,460 BMW plug-in hybrids.

Owners are advised not to charge their vehicles, but to use the gas engine instead. “In rare cases – depending on the shape, size and position of the welding bead – the contamination during the initial charging process could cause a malfunction, such as a short circuit in the high-voltage memory,” explains BMW.

An official recall has not been issued by Transport Canada or the NHTSA here, and we’re not sure how many, if any, vehicles sold in North America are affected.

 

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