BMW is currently recalling a small number of BMW i4 and iX vehicles, due to a potentially dangerous battery issue. As of right now, it’s unclear how many vehicles were recalled. Some BMW i4 customers have discussed the recall with their local dealerships. The issue is affecting 83 iX and i4 models built between 2022 and 2023. According to a BMW spokesperson, BMW Customer Relations started reaching out to the owners of affected vehicles by phone last week.
According to the recall notice sent to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the issue stems from the cathode plate that “may have been damaged which could have allowed pieces/debris to enter a battery cell.” Therefore, that could possibly lead to a short circuit within that battery which would result in a “thermal event”. The remedy is to replace the battery modules affected by the debris issue in the cathode.
Unfortunately, this issue is serious and requires owners to keep away from their cars. Not only have customers been instructed not to drive their cars but they’re not even supposed to charge them. Taking it one step further, BMW says to part the car outside, away from standing structures.
According to BMW, owners have been notified and loaners vehicles will be provided during the duration of this recall. A spokesperson said that BMW has made this recall a top priority for customers affected. We’d recommend that owners call the BMW recall hotline at (800) 525-7417 with their VIN (vehicle identification number) to find out whether their BMW is affected.