Vehicles Affected: Approximately 700 model-year 2020 Mini SE Countryman plug-in hybrid hatchbacks, model-year 2020-21 BMW X3 PHEV SUVs and model-year 2021 BMW 330e PHEV sedans and X5 PHEV SUVs
The Problem: Loose welding beads may form a conductive path between the hybrid battery cells, which could lead to a short-circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the battery modules for free.
What Owners Should Do: Mini manufacturer BMW will begin notifying owners Oct. 12. BMW and Mini owners can call the automaker at 800-525-7417, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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