BMW urges 83 customers to stop driving its iX M60 and i4 EV as batteries may catch fire

BMW is urging 83 customers in the United States and Puerto Rico to stop driving its iX M60 and i4 electric vehicles – costing between $53,000 and $105,000 – because their Samsung-made batteries may catch fire

  • BMW recalled 83 iX M60 and i4s electric vehicles due to faulty batteries
  • Batteries made by Samsung were manufactured with irregularities
  • The recalled vehicles were sold at 5 U.S. dealerships and one in Puerto Rico

BMW is recalling a total of 83 iX M60 and i4s electric vehicles due to irregularities in Samsung-made batteries that could catch fire. The owners were asked to stop driving the cars and park them outside.

The iX M60 starts at 105,100 and the i4 at just under $53,000, and the recalled ones were made with a high-voltage battery that “may have internal damage.”

The issue affects BMW iX SAV models built from 2022 to 2023 and i4 M50 vehicles produced between Nov. 22, 2021 and July 30, 2022, according to a letter BMW of North America sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( NHTSA).

The vehicles were sold at several dealerships: Autogermana BMW, Puerto Rico; BMW Fairfax, Virginia; BMW checkered flag in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Pacific BMW in Glendale, California; and Fields BMW in Orlando, Florida.

The iX M60 (pictured) starts at 105,100 and the i4s at just under $53,000, and the recalled ones were made with a high-voltage battery that ‘may have internal damage’

The problem was first brought to light with a US-based BMW i4 eDrive40 in April, prompting BMW to look into Samsung SDI and leading them to find irregularities in the manufacturing of some battery cells. , The reader reports

Samsung has long been plagued with battery failures, especially the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco of 2017 which resulted in the recall of 2.5 million devices because faulty batteries also caught fire.

BMW plans to replace all affected battery cells free of charge, but owners must wait until the automaker has new batteries to swap in place.

The automaker, however, did not acknowledge a suspected fire of a new i3 eDrive35L that occurred in Zhengzhou city, central China’s Henan province on July 27 – the Northeast recall – American was announced on July 28.

The vehicles were sold at several dealerships: Autogermana BMW, Puerto Rico;  BMW Fairfax, Virginia;  BMW checkered flag in Virginia Beach, Virginia;  Pacific BMW in Glendale, California;  and Fields BMW in Orlando, Florida.  Pictured is the new BMW i4

The vehicles were sold at several dealerships: Autogermana BMW, Puerto Rico; BMW Fairfax, Virginia; BMW checkered flag in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Pacific BMW in Glendale, California; and Fields BMW in Orlando, Florida. Pictured is the new BMW i4

The recall was also issued a day after one of BMW’s electric vehicles caught fire on a highway in China. The blue sedan was parked in the middle of the right lane with flames shooting out from under it.

According CNEVPOST, the BMW i3 was being tested by a dealer when it caught fire in the middle of the ride. The automaker launched the electric vehicle on March 30 in a bid to compete with Tesla, owner of the electric car space in China.

A dealer was talking to a potential buyer taking a ride when the vehicle caught fire while in motion. The driver came to a dead stop on a busy highway and the couple quickly got out.

The recall was also issued a day after one of BMW's electric vehicles caught fire on a highway in China.

The blue sedan was parked in the middle of the right lane with flames shooting out from under it.

The recall was also issued a day after one of BMW’s electric vehicles caught fire on a highway in China. The blue sedan was parked in the middle of the right lane with flames shooting out from under it.

The model starts at $52,870 and was specifically launched in China to target the market where the Tesla Model 3 is – BMW said Tesla’s electric vehicle dominance was over in an April statement.

Speaking to US reporters at a press conference, BMW Group sales chief Pieter Nota said the company would focus “on a very strong and rapid ramp-up of electric vehicles”, according to Automotive. News.

‘Tesla had a unique selling point for a while. It’s over.’

Its new iX M60 and i4s vehicles were poised to be BMW’s weapon to destroy Tesla, but the recall could spell trouble for the German automaker.

However, Tesla does not have a clean criminal record either, as no less than 300 fires have been confirmed by the company founded by Elon Musk.

The fires started while the car was in motion, parked and charging.

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