BMW Recalls Some I4 And IX Models Because Their Noise Generators Might Malfunction

Modern electric cars are required by law in the United States to have some sort of noise-generating device, so that pedestrians can hear it coming their way, thus avoiding accidents. And BMW has a problem with some of its cars, where the noise generator might malfunction, so it issued a recall.

Specifically, the German brand is recalling 1,988 i4 eDrive40 units made between 2022-2023 and 1,442 iX xDrive50 SUVs made between 2022-2023, for a total of 3,431 electric vehicles. BMW says the sound generator that activates when backing up might fail, or, as the German brand puts it, it “may, sporadically, experience a fault condition.” In other words, the beeping and humming won’t play when reversing.

The fault was discovered by BMW at one of its manufacturing facilities during quality control and the carmaker then did a full analysis to see which models are affected. It concluded that for the i4, only the eDrive40 variant might be faulty, and for the iX, it’s just the xDrive50 that’s affected, so owners of the i4 M50 and iX M60 shouldn’t worry.

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