BMW is recalling approximately 19,130 i3s with range extenders.
In the affected vehicles, there’s a fuel tank vent line routed near the ribbed wire protecting the battery-plus cable sleeve. According to BMW, the line can rub against the ribbed wire and possibly wear through, creating a fuel vapor leak within the enclosed engine compartment. As a result, this increases the risk of a fire.
BMW is not aware of any injuries or deaths related to the issue and it was discovered after a non-U.S. dealer saw a chafed line in a vehicle. The automaker then monitored field vehicles and saw other instances of chafing, causing the recall.
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Affected owners can head to BMW dealerships starting April 3 to have their fuel vent lines inspected and replaced if necessary. To prevent future wear, dealerships will also install a clip between the fuel tank vent line and the battery cable sleeve. All fixes are done free of charge.