2022 BMW i4 and iX EVs Recalled: Park Outside, Don’t Drive or Charge
As electric vehicles (EVs) continue to grow in popularity, many automakers are still working out the kinks to avoid fire risks, including one luxury automaker now facing a recall.
The 2022 BMW i4 eDrive40, i4 M50, iX xDrive50 and iX M60 EVs are facing recalls, due to increased potential for battery fires, according to Auto Blog.
The recall applies to 27 i4 units and 56 iX units, though BMW isn’t currently aware of any injuries or accidents resulting from the issue.
BMW and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have advised affected owners to avoid driving their vehicles, or parking them inside or nearby structures that could catch on fire.
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An investigation took place after a few incidents in and outside of the U.S., in which BMW found that the cathode plate on the battery cells could have been harmed when the cells were built.
When cathodes get loose inside the cell, it can cause them to short circuit, ultimately resulting in a fire.
GM faced a much more widespread recall with the Chevy Bolt last year, eventually recalling every model ever made before going on to halt production for several months.
Similarly, the Chevy Bolt had torn anodes and cell separators that would cause short-circuiting, leading to fires.