2020 BMW 530e xDrive

BMW recalls 4,509 hybrids, Hyundai 6,707 Kona electric cars

*Debris in the hybrid battery may cause a fire or injury

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

BMW of North America is recalling 4,509 model year 2020-2021 530e, 530e xDrive, 530e iPerformance, X3 xDrive30e & MINI Cooper Countryman All4 SE, model year 2020 BMW i8, and model year 2021 330e, 330e xDrive, 745Le xDrive and X5 xDrive45e vehicles.

The company disclosed that debris may have entered one or more of the hybrid battery cells during their production.

It stated the debris could result in a short-circuit, increasing the risk of fire or injury.

As to what to do in resolving the issue, the remedy is currently being developed, report said.

Until the remedy is available, affected drivers will be instructed to not charge their vehicles.

Drivers will also be instructed to not drive in manual mode, sport mode, and to not use the shift paddles.

The recall is expected to begin November 23, 2020, while affected car owners may contact BMW Customer Service on (800) 525-7417.

Likewise, Hyundai Motor America is recalling 6,707 model year 2019-2020 Kona Electric vehicles over the vehicle’s lithium ion battery may short circuit.

The auto manufacturer said the lithium ion battery may short-circuit after it is fully charged, increasing the risk of a fire.

As regards what to do, Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will update the Battery Management System (BMS) software and inspect the lithium ion battery, replacing it ─ if necessary ─ free of charge.

Affected car owners are advised to park their vehicles outside and away from structures until the repair is complete.

The current recall is expected to begin December 11, 2020, vehicle owners may contact Hyundai Customer Service on (855) 371-9460.

Hyundai’s number for this recall is 196.

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