Automaker BYD to recall more Tang DM hybrids in China due to battery failures – regulator

SHANGHAI, July 29 (Reuters) – Chinese carmaker BYD Co Ltd is recalling other Tang DM vehicles over faulty battery trays that pose a risk of water ingress, the market regulator said. from the country.

BYD, the world’s largest electric vehicle maker by sales, will recall 52,928 of the best-selling plug-in hybrid model produced between April 5, 2021 and April 18, 2022, a State Administration statement said Friday. for market regulation.

BYD did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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In April, the regulator announced the recall of 9,663 Tang DM-i cars, saying a fault in the battery could cause fires.

Two BYD customers told Reuters in June that they and others questioned why BYD had asked dealers to replace batteries in cars not subject to the recall and urged regulators to extend the April reminder. Read more

The issues relate to the Tang DM-i plug-in hybrid sports utility vehicle (SUV) launched in April 2021 and priced at around 200,000 yuan ($29,839.61). Tang DM is BYD’s best-selling premium series, with September-May sales exceeding 60,000 vehicles.

For all manufacturers of new energy vehicles, fires are a persistent problem. In the past six months alone, more than a dozen videos have been posted on social media showing BYD electric vehicles on fire.

Plug-in hybrids — powered by a combination of batteries and combustion engines — account for half of BYD’s passenger vehicle sales, with sales up nearly fivefold in the first half from the same period a year earlier.

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Reporting by Zhang Yan, Brenda Goh; edited by Jason Neely and Jane Merriman

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