BMW recalls ‘small number’ of i4 and iX electric vehicles due to possible battery fires

BMW has issued a recall for a “small number” of 2022 i4 sedans and iX SUVs due to the risk of battery fires. According to the recall, the high-voltage battery may have “internal damage,” which could result in an electrical short.

The recall affects only 83 vehicles sold in the US, but BMW advises owners not to drive them, park them outside or away from other vehicles and structures that could catch fire, and not charge them. . BMW dealers will replace the battery free of charge.

The recall was issued after BMW was notified last April of “a non-U.S. field incident involving a 2022 BMW i4 eDrive40”. A technical analysis found that debris, especially bits of cathode, seeped into the battery cell. Two more “incidents” were reported in June, one in the US with a 2022 iX xDrive50 and the other outside the country with a 2022 iX M60. Both were found to have dirt in the battery cell, which is provided by Samsung SDI.

BMW says it has not received any reports of accidents or injuries as a result of the battery failure. “Fortunately, the recall affects a very small number of vehicles,” said Jay Hanson, a spokesperson for BMW, in an email. The edge. “And our Customer Relations team has already proactively reached out to all owners of affected vehicles to provide information and assistance.”

The BMW i4 and iX are the latest EVs to receive a recall. Ford issued a recall for 49,000 Mustang Mach-E SUVs earlier this summer amid fears a safety flaw could render the vehicle immobile. The Toyota bZ4X was recalled when it was discovered that loose hub bolts could cause the wheels to come loose while driving. Other EVs have also been recalled due to various software bugs and other minor issues.

Battery fires, while rare, remain a serious concern for EV makers. More data is needed, but researchers have found that the vast majority of EVs have a low risk of battery fires. But when fires do start, EVs with lithium-ion batteries burn hotter and faster and require more water to extinguish.

The most serious incident involved the Chevy Bolt, which was recalled after GM reported at least 19 battery fires caused by defective cells from its supplier LG. The automaker was forced to temporarily halt production after a software repair failed to prevent multiple fires. Chevy resumed production earlier this year after installing new battery packs.

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