San Francisco | Automaker BMW has recalled more than 14,000 electric vehicles for a software flaw. Software malfunction may cause power loss and increase the risk of accident. The recall covers the iX SUV and the i4 and i7 sedans produced between October 14, 2021 and October 28, 2022.
The software problem is related to the high voltage battery electronic control unit according to BMW.
“The high voltage battery electronic control unit (ECU) software may cause interference with electrical power,” the recall notice said.
In particular, a misdiagnosis can sporadically occur within the battery management electronics, which can cause the electronic control unit to reset.
According to the company, “If a reset occurs, this may result in an interruption of electrical power.”
Owners of these cars can drive while waiting for a software update to fix the problem.
Last year, the automaker recalled a ‘small number’ of the 2022 i4 sedan and ix SUV due to the risk of battery fire.
According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), short-circuits in high voltage batteries increased the risk of fire.
The recall was issued after BMW became aware of ‘a non-US territory incident involving the 2022 BMW i4 eDrive40’.
Last June, Ford Motor recalled nearly 49,000 Mustang Mach-E electric crossovers over battery safety concerns and asked dealers to temporarily stop selling the popular electric vehicle.
The battery issue affects the Mach-Es that were built at the automaker’s Mexico plant from May 27, 2020, to May 24, 2022.(IANS)
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