A recall has been issued for the iX due to faulty artificial sound generator. It affects 1,443 iX models built from between January 13th and December 21st 2022.

January 25, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23V026000
Pedestrian Warning Sound Malfunction/FMVSS 141
Without external warning sounds, pedestrians may be unaware of an approaching vehicle, increasing the risk of injury.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 23V026000
Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC
Potential Number of Units Affected 3,431

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2022-2023 i4 eDrive40 and iX xDrive50 electric vehicles. During vehicle start-up, the artificial sound generator control unit may experience a fault and fail to generate the external pedestrian warning sound. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 141, "Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles."

Dealers will update the external artificial sound generator software, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed March 17, 2023. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.

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BMW’s current range of electric vehicles includes the iX SUV and the i4 and i7 sedans. But, the German automaker is being forced to recall almost 3,500 iX and i4 models due to faulty external sound generators, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The recall affects 1,988 i4 models and 1,443 iX models produced between January 13th and December 21st 2022. According to the NHTSA, the affected models are fitted with a faulty artificial sound generator.