BMW recalled 83 unique electric vehicles iX and i4 after investigating several battery fire incidents involving two electric cars. In a report found by Autoblog, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warned owners of iX xDrive 50, iX M60, i4 eDrive40 and i4 M50 vehicles not to drive, charge, or park them inside.
After first investigating an overseas incident involving the i4 eDrive 2022 in April, BMW discovered manufacturing defects with certain Samsung SDI battery cells in iX models manufactured between December 2, 2021 and June 30, 2022, as well as i4 models made between November 22, 2021 and June 13, 2022.
Reporting from Engadget (1/8), BMW has notified about the dance. The automaker will replace the batteries in the affected vehicles free of charge. BMW added it is not aware of any accidents or injuries due to battery defects.
Affected owners can expect a notification letter by September 19th. Users can also contact BMW support for more information.
For those concerned about a possible repeat of the situation Chevy Bolt owners have had with GM, it’s worth noting that BMW’s battery sources for the iX and i4 electric cars come from two manufacturers: CATL and Samsung SDI. On the other hand, GM bought the Bolt battery from LG Chem before announcing a worldwide recall in 2021.