BMW Australia has issued a recall for 61 vehicles from model year 2020 to fix a battery fault.

    The recall affects the BMW 330e, 530e, 745e, and X5 xDrive45e, as well as the Mini Countryman.

    UPDATE, 03/02/2021: BMW Australia has issued the following statement about the recall:

    BMW Group Australia would like to clarify its position on two recent BMW recalls posted on the ACCC website and subsequently reported in the media. It can confirm that all vehicles affected by recalls have been repaired and returned to customers.

    This includes the 14 X5, X6 and X7 vehicles affected by the recall relating to a welding issue on the front axle, and the 61 X5, 7 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series and MINI Countryman vehicles affected by the recall relating to impurities discovered in battery cells.

    As the safety of our customers and all other members of the public is of the utmost importance, BMW Group Australia proactively contacted customers prior to consultation with the ACCC to action the recall process. It also provided loan vehicles for customers while affected vehicles were repaired.

    “Foreign bodies or particles may have entered the battery cells and could cause a malfunction in a fully charged high-voltage battery,” the company says in its recall notice.

    “These impurities could activate a short circuit within the high-voltage battery. This short circuit could cause a fire, increasing the risk of an accident and injury or death to vehicle occupants and/or other road users.”

    • A total of 61 vehicles are affected
    • Affected vehicles were available for sale from January 29, 2020 to September 18, 2020
    • The VIN list is attached here
    • The original recall notice is attached here

    BMW Australia is contacting all affected owners.

    If you own an affected vehicle, you can contact your local BMW service centre or the BMW Group Customer Interaction Centre on 1800 813 299 to arrange a free inspection and repair.

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    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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