BMW Recalls US i3 REx for Problems With Fuel Line

BMW AG has recalled more than 19,000 i3 range-extended (REx) vehicles sold in the U.S. due to potential fuel vapor leaks that could cause a fire.

The recall affects 2014 to 2017 model year models manufactured between March 2014 and December 2016.

BMW discovered the car’s fuel tank vent line can rub against the sleeve of a battery cable. That friction is capable of causing a tear where vapor can leak out, which would be vulnerable to fire.

The problem was originally discovered by a BMW dealer.

BMW says there have been no reported fires or crashed related to the fuel tank vent line.

A recall will begin in April, when BMW i3 REx owners will be notified about the potential hazard and that the fuel vent line will be replaced for free.

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BMW doesn’t break out sales numbers of the i3 REx separately from the i3 all-electric standard version. Sales are thought to be strong for the plug-in hybrid i3 in U.S. and Europe.

BMW does believe enough in the REx plug-in hybrid to make it available for BMW i5 crossover SUV model that may roll out in 2021. BMW executives hope its REx option can alleviate range anxiety in highway-intensive markets like Germany and the U.S.

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