BMW recalls over 90,000 vehicles because of high voltage system and pedestrian protection system malfunctions, as well as the unavailability of the front passenger’s airbag. These malfunctions have a potential safety hazard. Some of the recalled design software problems cannot be solved through OTA and need to be sent to the official maintenance site for upgrading.
Brilliance-BMW Automobile joint venture and BMW (China) Automobile Trade Ltd. filed a recall plan with the State Administration of Market Supervision and Administration by relevant safety regulations, recalling 94,395 vehicles, including 93,632 EVs.
Part I Of Recall
Recall 37,197 iX3 EVs from September 26, 2020, to December 30, 2022; Some i3 eDrive35L EVs with a production date from April 12, 2022, to December 28, 2022, a total of 18,500 units; Some i4 eDrive40 EVs manufactured from November 22, 2021, to October 24, 2022, totaling 1,985 sets; Some iX xDrive40 EVs manufactured from July 27, 2021, to October 19, 2022, totaling 2,929 units.
Due to the unreasonable setting of the voltage monitoring threshold of the high voltage battery control unit (SME) microcontroller for vehicles within the scope of this recall, the software may misjudge, resulting in unexpected interruption of vehicle charging or shutdown of the high voltage system. In extreme cases, power interruption will occur, and there are potential safety hazards.
Part II Of Recall
Recall some i3 eDrive35L EVs manufactured from April 14, 2022, to January 11, 2023, and some iX3 EVs manufactured from November 26, 2020, to January 19, 2023, totaling 33,021 units.
There is a problem in the software signal processing logic of the pedestrian protection warning tone control unit of vehicles within the scope of this recall, which may cause the vehicle to be unable to emit an external pedestrian protection warning tone when driving at low speed or reversing, increase the risk of pedestrian injury, and present a potential safety hazard.
Part III Of Recall
763 BMW 7-series cars were recalled from July 19, 2022, to December 15, 2022.
Vehicles within the scope of this recall may not be able to identify the correct seat position due to the software problem of the front passenger seat module control unit, resulting in the unavailability of the front passenger’s airbag, which has a potential safety hazard.
Sales Of BMW EVs In China
It is worth noting that BMW has delivered over 139,000 EVs (including PHEVs) in China by January 2023 in total, and this recall covers more than half of those vehicles. BMW delivered over 40,000 pure EVs in China in 2022, a 95% increase from the previous year.
BMW China has stated that it will notify the affected customers of the recall and will replace or upgrade the software of the affected vehicles free of charge. The company has also assured its customers that there have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the software issues in the recalled vehicles.
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Source: BMW, AutoHome