BMW Group has announced a recall of plug-in hybrid vehicles due to a fire risk.

It says around 26,700 vehicles are affected worldwide, including 2,930 in the UK, some of which are already with customers with the rest awaiting delivery.

In a statement, the company said: “BMW Group has launched a worldwide safety recall and stopped delivery of a small number of plug-in hybrid vehicles as a preventative measure to check the high voltage battery. 

“Internal analysis has shown that in very rare cases particles may have entered the battery during the production process. 

“When the battery is fully charged this could lead to a short circuit within the battery cells, which may lead to a fire.”

A BMW spokesperson added that no vehicle fires had occurred in the UK as a result of this issue.

The recall reportedly affects vehicles built between 20 January and 18 September this year, including PHEV versions of the BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, X1, X2, X3, X5, 2 Series Active Tourer, and the Mini Countryman.