BMW is recalling 20 examples of its X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid (PHEV) SUV due to a manufacturing issue that may cause an electrical short circuit when the high-voltage battery is fully charged.

This recall only affects certain X5 xDrive45e PHEV variants sold in 2020.

“Due to a manufacturing defect, the battery does not meet specifications and may experience an electrical short circuit when fully charged, which could result in a fire,” the company said in its recall notice.

  • A total of 20 vehicles are affected
  • The VIN list is attached here
  • The original recall notice is attached here

If you own an affected vehicle, you’ll need to contact your local BMW dealer to have a free fix done “as soon as possible”. It also says to bring the affected vehicle to your appointment with the battery state of charge as low as possible.

Until the work is completed, BMW says adjust a setting using the following steps:

  1. Settings
  2. Drive mode
  3. Battery control
  4. Set or leave the battery charge on 30%

The company also says not charge your affected vehicle using the cable, and not to use the manual gearshift mechanism, the sport shift on the gear selector, or the paddle shifters until it’s fixed.

If you have any further questions, you can call BMW Group Australia Customer Interaction Centre on 1800 243 675.

MORE: Everything BMW X5

Jack Quick

Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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