BMW Recalls 3,500 Electric Vehicles for Faulty Sound Generators

Feb. 2, 2023

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 1,988 i4 models and 1,443 iX models manufactured by BMW were sporadically failing to trigger different warning sounds.

Feb. 2, 2023–BMW has announced a recall of almost 3,500 electric vehicles due to faulty external sound generators, Jalopnik reports.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found in 1,988 i4 models and 1,443 iX models produced between January 13 and December 21, 2022, that the “control unit may, sporadically, experience a fault condition,” causing the sound generator to not work in certain scenarios.

Though no injuries or accidents related to the issue have been reported, an electric vehicle not emitting any noise can be a safety hazard. With these models in particular that have been recalled, the beep or humming noise emitted when backing up did not trigger due to the faulty sound generators. 

In order to resolve the issue, BMW dealers will release an update for the software in the external artificial sound generator. Those affected by the recall should receive notice from BMW by March 17, 2023. 

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