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BMW Recalls Electric Vehicle Because It’s Too Quiet

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BMW’s electric cars are getting too quiet.
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Person like complaining about the sound the tram makes. They like to say that The futuristic cry of an electric car not as interesting as the sound emanating from a gasoline-powered car. But, that humming is an important safety feature to make sure that anyone around can hear an oncoming tram. Now, some BMWs have stopped humming and are being revoked for being too quiet.

BMW’s current line of electric vehicles includes SUV iX and i4 and i7 . car. However, the German automaker is forced to recall nearly 3,500 iX and i4 models due to a faulty external sound generator, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The recall affects 1,988 i4 . model and 1,443 iX models manufactured between January 13 and December 21, 2022. According to NHTSAAffected models are equipped with a faulty artificial sound generator.

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The BMW i4 is being recalled in the US.
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Under normal conditions, the sound generator will beep or buzz when the vehicle is in reverse. However, of the 3,431 vehicles affected by the recall, “the control unit may experience occasional malfunctions,” NHTSA reported. As a result, the sound generator may, under “certain vehicle operating conditions”, fail to sound the correct warning.

The defect was first identified late last year during quality control checks on a BMW iX SUV 2023. The problem is said to be “sporadic” and as such, the German automaker has yet to receive any reports of any accidents or injuries that may be related to the issue.

Image of a burgundy BMW iX SUV driving on a tree-lined road.

Nothing to hear here.
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To fix the electric vehicle silence bug, BMW dealers will only need to update the software in the external artificial sound generator. Affected owners are expected to be notified of the recall by March 17, 2023.

If you think your vehicle is affected by the recall, yes a few simple things you can do to check. First, NHTSA has a useful app you can use to check if your vehicle is affected, or you can go to the regulator’s website and plug in your VIN. Its retrieval search engine.


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