BMW urges 83 customers to stop driving their iX M60 and i4 electric vehicles because batteries could catch fire

BMW is recalling a total of 83 iX M60 and i4s electric vehicles due to faulty Samsung-made batteries that could catch fire. The owners were asked to stop driving and park them outside.

The iX M60 starts at $105,100 and the i4 is just under $53,000, and the recalled models were made with a high-voltage battery that “may have suffered internal damage.”

The issue affects BMW iX SAV models manufactured from 2022 to 2023 and i4 M50 vehicles manufactured between November 22, 2021 and July 30, 2022, according to a letter from BMW North America to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The cars were sold by several dealers: Autogermana BMW, Puerto Rico; BMW Fairfax, Virginia; BMW with a checkered flag in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Pacific BMW in Glendale California; and Fields BMW in Orlando, Florida.

The iX M60 (pictured) starts at $105,100 and the i4s are just under $53,000, and the recalled models were made with a high-voltage battery that “may have suffered internal damage.”

The problem was first identified in April with the American BMW i4 eDrive40, prompting BMW to look to Samsung SDI and find irregularities in the production of some battery cells. Drive unit reports.

Samsung has long been plagued by its own battery failures, most notably the 2017 Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, which saw 2.5 million device recalls because failed batteries also caught fire.

BMW plans to replace all damaged battery packs free of charge, but owners must wait until the automaker has new replacement batteries available.

Carmarker, however, did not confirm the alleged fire of the new i3 eDrive35L, which occurred in the city of Zhengzhou in central China’s Henan province on July 27 – the North American recall was announced on July 28.

The cars were sold by several dealers: Autogermana BMW, Puerto Rico;  BMW Fairfax, Virginia;  BMW with a checkered flag in Virginia Beach, Virginia;  Pacific BMW in Glendale, California;  and Fields BMW in Orlando, Florida.  Pictured is the new BMW i4.

The cars were sold by several dealers: Autogermana BMW, Puerto Rico; BMW Fairfax, Virginia; BMW with a checkered flag in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Pacific BMW in Glendale, California; and Fields BMW in Orlando, Florida. Pictured is the new BMW i4.

The recall also came a day after one of BMW’s electric vehicles caught fire on a highway in China. A blue sedan was parked in the middle of the right lane, flames bursting from under it.

According to CNEVPOST, BMW i3 was being tested at a dealership when it caught fire in the middle of a ride. The automaker launched the electric vehicle on March 30 to compete with Tesla, which owns the electric vehicle space in China.

The dealer was persuading a potential buyer to take a ride when the car caught fire while driving. The driver stopped in his tracks on a busy highway and the couple pulled out quickly.

The recall also came a day after one of BMW's electric vehicles caught fire on a highway in China.

A blue sedan was parked in the middle of the right lane, flames bursting from under it.

The recall also came a day after one of BMW’s electric vehicles caught fire on a highway in China. A blue sedan was parked in the middle of the right lane, flames bursting from under it.

The model starts at $52,870 and was specifically launched in China for the market where the Tesla Model 3 is located. BMW said in an April statement that Tesla’s dominance in electric vehicles is over.

Speaking to US reporters at a press conference, BMW Group head of sales Peter Nota said the company will focus “on a very strong and rapid increase in electric vehicles,” according to Automotive News.

‚ÄúTesla has had a unique advantage for a long time. This is the end.’

His new iX M60s and i4s were supposed to be BMW’s weapon to destroy Tesla, but the recall could pose problems for the German automaker.

However, Tesla doesn’t have a clean record either, as as many as 300 fires have been confirmed at the company founded by Elon Musk.

The fires started when the car was in motion, parked and charging.