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BMW Recalls i3 REx for Fire Risk

February 21, 2017

Photo courtesy of BMW.
Photo courtesy of BMW.

BMW of North America is recalling 19,130 i3 REx electric vehicles in the 2014-2017 model years because of potential fuel vapor leaks that pose a fire risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The REx tag indicates the range extender variant of the electric car model. In these vehicles, the fuel tank vent line may rub against the ribbed wire protection sleeve of the battery positive (B+) cable, creating a hole in the vent line and causing a fuel vapor leak, NHTSA said.

“A fuel vapor leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire,” NHTSA warned on its website.

BMW dealers inspect the fuel vent line and replace it if needed. They will also install a clip to prevent the fuel vent line from chafing. There will be no charge for these services.

The recall is due to begin April 3. Vehicle owners can reach BMW customer service at (800) 525-7417.

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