Skoda and BMW recall hybrids over fire risk (week 17/22)



This week’s recalls:
– Skoda Octavia, Superb iV – risk of fire
– BMW X5 – risk of fire
– Lexus NX – missing spot-welds
– Honda Accord, Civic – driveshafts


Four recalls for five models of four carmakers were announced via Rapex in the 17th week of 2022.

BMW, Honda Lexus and Skoda have one recall each – see the table at the end of the article.



BMW’s recall for problems with the high-voltage battery in plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) started in August 2020 and was extended to 26,000 plug-in hybrids in October of the same year. At that time, owners of hybrid BMW PHEVs were encouraged to set the battery charge level to a maximum of 30 per cent in the control menu. “We ask that you do not charge the vehicle with a cable from an external source until a service measure is available,” the automaker wrote to owners. Rapex posted another update this week with the internal recall code 0061570600, which affects five thousand BMW X5 PHEVs built between January 2020 and February 2021.



We wrote about the VW Group’s large recall in early April in our article VW Group recalls hybrid vehicles: Electric shock and fire hazards also affect Skoda. Approximately 118,000 hybrids are being recalled worldwide due to a faulty battery fuse. The problem can occur on 42,571 vehicles in several VW model lines. The recall also affects approximately 22,000 Skoda Octavia iV, Octavia RS iV and Superb iV vehicles. And it’s the Skoda cars that have been added to the Rapex database this week – see table below.

Honda‘s recall for Accord and Civic models due to possible driveshaft breakage only applies to individually imported cars from the US, where over half a million are being recalled. On some 2021 and 2022 model year Lexus NXs, some spot welds were missed when welding the body panels in the front shock absorber area.

Details on this week’s recalls can be found in the table below.




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Recalls announced in the 17th week of 2022

Make, Model (years) Problem
BMW X5 PHEV (2020 – 2021) Impurities in the production process of batteries could cause a short circuit within a battery when the accumulator is fully charged.
Honda Accord (2005 – 2014) The drive shafts were coated with a lubricant which accelerates the wearing of the protective layer.
Honda Civic (2005 – 2014) The drive shafts were coated with a lubricant which accelerates the wearing of the protective layer.
Lexus NX (2021 – 2022) Certain spot-welds were missed during the welding of the body panels to the left and right front shock absorbers.
Skoda Octavia iV (2019 – 2022) A defective fuse can produce a voltage flashover into the vehicle interior. This might cause fire and lead to an accident.
Skoda Superb iV (2019 – 2022) A defective fuse can produce a voltage flashover into the vehicle interior. This might cause fire and lead to an accident.

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