VW ID.4 Recall Affects 21,000 Cars That May Stall on the Road

Volkswagen has announced a new recall applying to about 21,000 ID.4 units from the 2021 model year, with issues surrounding the vehicles’ battery management control modules and pulse invester control modules, as reported by Ars Technica.

Reports of issues with the battery management software began surfacing in July 2021, though later investigation from the company found that the problem could lead to the vehicles resetting or deactivating the modules themselves, potentially stalling the vehicles in rare circumstances.

The battery control unit software was determined to have “no unreasonable risk” in a report from Volkswagen in September 2021, though it was contacted by the supplier last month to relay concerns about the pulse inverter software.

In the results of a survey VW conducted last year, the automaker said, “some reports from the US market indicated that the battery management software issue could have led to stalling allegations.”

To fix the issue, owners will need to bring their vehicles to a Volkswagen dealership to have the software updated, despite the fact that the automaker also deploys over-the-air software updates.

Owners of the ID.4 can expect to hear from Volkswagen dealerships by the end of March to schedule service appointments.

The news comes after Volkswagen teased an ID.7 concept at the Consumer Electronics Show last month. It also comes after Volkswagen was overtaken by Tesla as the top-selling electric vehicle (EV) brand in Germany last year.