Not all recalls involve the cars themselves. Sometimes, like in BMW's case, the recall is for a separate component that may have shipped with the cars in question.
- 2018 BMW 330e
- 2018-2019 BMW 530e
- 2018-2019 BMW 740Le
- 2018 BMW i3 i3s
- 2019 BMW i8, i8 Roadster
- 2018 BMW X5 xDrive40e
- 2018 Mini Countryman SE All4 PHEV
The issue doesn't stem from the cars themselves, but rather from their TurboCord portable charging cables. BMW received a batch of potentially faulty charging cables, which may have been included with the aforementioned vehicles at BMW's vehicle distribution centers, the first place a vehicle lands when it's imported. The cables may contain incompatible capacitors inside, and if they fail, it may cause a "thermal event" (read: lots of heat or maybe a fire) or present a shock hazard. Neither is exactly ideal.
BMW's supplier, Webasto, first notified BMW of a potential issue in late August. Less than one month later, BMW decided to issue a voluntary recall. BMW has not been told of any injuries or fires related to the issue thus far.
Owners will be notified by first-class mail starting on Nov. 12. If owners purchased the cable as an option, they will be asked to return it to the dealer, which will replace it at no charge. If an owner already paid for a replacement, they are eligible to seek reimbursement.