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BMW urges 83 customers to stop driving its iX M60 and i4 EVs because batteries can catch fire 

BMW is urging 83 customers in the US and Puerto Rico to stop driving its iX M60 and i4 EVs – costing between $53k and -$105k – because their Samsung-made batteries could catch fire

  • BMW is recalling 83 iX M60 and i4s electric cars due to faulty batteries
  • The Samsung-made batteries were made with irregularities
  • The recalled vehicles were sold at 5 US dealers and one in Puerto Rico

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BMW is recalling a total of 83 iX M60 and i4s electric cars due to irregularities in the Samsung-made batteries that could catch fire. Owners have been asked to stop driving the cars and park them outside.

The iX M60 starts at $105,100 and the i4 just shy of $53,000, and those recalls were made with high voltage batteries that ‘may have internal damage.’

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

Vehicles were sold at various dealerships: Autogermana BMW, Puerto Rico; BMW Fairfax, Virginia; Checkered Flag BMW 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 shy of $53,000, and the recalls were made with high voltage batteries that ‘may have internal damage’

The problem was first brought to light in April with a US-based BMW i4 eDrive40, which prompted BMW to look at Samsung SDI and led them to find irregularities in how some of the battery cells were manufactured. The Drive reports.

Samsung has long been plagued with its own battery failures — specifically the 2017 Galaxy Note 7 fiasco that resulted in 2.5 million devices being recalled because the faulty batteries also caught fire.

BMW plans to replace all affected battery cells free of charge, but owners will have to wait until the automaker has new batteries to swap out.

However, the automaker has not acknowledged an alleged fire of a new i3 eDrive35L that occurred in the city of Zhengzhou in central China’s Henan province on July 27 — the North American recall was announced July 28.

Vehicles were sold at various dealerships: Autogermana BMW, Puerto Rico; BMW Fairfax, Virginia; Checkered Flag BMW in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Pacific BMW in Glendale, California; and Fields BMW in Orlando, Florida. The photo shows the new BMW i4

Vehicles were sold at various dealerships: Autogermana BMW, Puerto Rico; BMW Fairfax, Virginia; Checkered Flag BMW in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Pacific BMW in Glendale, California; and Fields BMW in Orlando, Florida. The photo shows the new BMW i4

Vehicles were sold at various dealerships: Autogermana BMW, Puerto Rico; BMW Fairfax, Virginia; Checkered Flag BMW in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Pacific BMW in Glendale, California; and Fields BMW in Orlando, Florida. The photo shows the new BMW i4

The recall was also issued a day after one of BMW’s electric cars caught fire on a highway in China. The blue sedan was parked in the middle of the right lane with flames shooting out.

According to CNEVPOST, the BMW i3 was being test driven by a dealer when it caught fire mid-journey. The automaker released this EV on March 30 in a bid to compete with Tesla, which owns the electric vehicle space in China.

A dealer was taking a potential buyer out for a spin when the car caught fire. The driver stopped dead in their tracks on a busy highway and the couple quickly got out.

The recall was also issued a day after one of BMW's electric cars caught fire on a highway in China

The recall was also issued a day after one of BMW's electric cars caught fire on a highway in China

The blue sedan was parked in the middle of the right lane with flames shooting out.

The blue sedan was parked in the middle of the right lane with flames shooting out.

The recall was also issued a day after one of BMW’s electric cars caught fire on a highway in China. The blue sedan was parked in the middle of the right lane with flames shooting out

The model starts at $52,870 and was launched specifically in China to target the market where the Tesla Model 3 is located – BMW said that the dominance of Tesla electric cars is over in an April statement.

Speaking to US journalists at a press event, BMW Group sales chief Pieter Nota said the company will focus ‘on a very strong and rapid advance of electric vehicles’, according to Automotive News.

‘Tesla had a unique selling point for a long time. That’s over.’

The new iX M60 and i4s cars were poised to be BMW’s weapon to destroy Tesla, but the recall could spell trouble for the German automaker.

However, Tesla does not have a clean record either, as many as 300 fires have been confirmed from the company founded by Elon Musk.

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

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