The 2022 BMW i4 eDrive40, i4 M50, iX xDrive50 and iX M60 battery-electric battery-electric vehicles are being recalled due to the potential for battery fires. Thankfully it’s a tiny population of just 83 vehicles at the moment. But BMW and the National Highway Traffic Safety Association advise
Twenty-seven examples of the i4 are being recalled, 56 examples of the iX. BMW says it isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries derived from the issue.
It sounds similar to what happened to the Chevrolet Bolt battery packs. In Chevy’s case, a torn anode and a torn cell separator had the potential to short circuit the battery and cause a fire. And as with Chevrolet, the BMW batteries came from a supplier; BMW developed the cells at its Battery Competence Center, but Samsung SDI and CATL handle
Unlike the Bolt, though, authorities advise the BMWs not be driven nor charged. The fix is a trip to the dealer for a new battery. BMW won’t begin mailing notification letters until September 19, but said it will contact owners by phone immediately. Those seeking further information before then can call BMW customer service at 800-525-7417, or contact the NHTSA
It’s the second recall in two months for the i4 and iX. In June, the EVs were called in for a potential software glitch in the driver’s display when the vehicles were put into Valet Mode.