Volkswagen will recall more than 100,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles worldwide due to the risk of fire in the engine area. The event will affect Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda cars. In the Czech Republic, it will affect approximately a thousand hybrid Superbus and Octavia.
Vehicles that combine a conventional internal combustion engine, electric motor and plug-in charging are at risk of fire due to a defective fuse. In the worst case, it will not prevent overvoltage and a possible short circuit may cause the car to burn.
In Germany, according to the Federal Automobile Bureau (KBA), there has already been a case of Volkswagen cars where this is exactly the situation.
Volkswagen will connect to 42,571 cars worldwide. These are the Golf, Passat, Arteon and Multivan T7 models from 2019 to 2022. In addition, Audi, Cupra, Seat and Skoda are coming. In total, about 118,000 vehicles should go into service.
In the case of the Czech automaker, these would be the Superb iV, Octavia iV and Octavia RS iV. In numbers, this means 22,000 cars worldwide, of which a thousand are in the Czech Republic (300 of them are owned by Škoda itself). Aktuálně.cz editorial staff found out how many vehicles from other brands involved in the Czech Republic were affected by the event.
Brand repair shops install a special insulating plate for the high-voltage battery. This is to prevent the car from igniting. Cars will have to spend approximately one working day in service. Preventive intervention in this respect should be similar to a conventional service examination. The owner will bring the car to service in the morning and pick it up in the afternoon.
This is not the only event held of the same scale for the Volkswagen Group. Already yesterday, the Aktuálně.cz editorial team reported the danger that a loose bonnet of the 2.0 TSI Evo could pose.
And Volkswagen is not the only manufacturer that has tackled the fire hazards of plug-in hybrid cars. Ford has had similar problems in the past with the plug-in hybrid version of the Kuga and BMW SUVs on a wide range of models on offer.
However, in both cases, there were issues with their high voltage battery. During production, the seams were not completely cleaned, or impurities remained on them, which can subsequently end in a short circuit. Ford eventually completely changed the traction battery for about 20,000 Kuga vehicles. In the case of BMW, there were also about thousands of cars for which the battery was checked and, if necessary, repaired.
Hyundai and General Motors have also solved short-circuit problems in the high-voltage batteries in their electric vehicles.
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