Approximately 5,000 BMW i5 electric vehicles (EVs) are being recalled due to a software issue that could potentially silence the car’s mandatory pedestrian warning sound. The recall affects 2024 model year i5 eDrive40 and i5 M60 vehicles manufactured between June 26 and December 14, 2023.
Under certain operating conditions, the external artificial sound generator control unit may malfunction, causing the car to remain silent during low-speed maneuvers. This poses a safety risk to pedestrians, particularly those who rely on the audible warning to avoid collisions.
Cause and Remedy:
The issue stems from a software glitch in the external artificial sound generator software. BMW will address this by programming affected vehicles with updated software at authorized dealerships, free of charge.
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Timeline and Notification:
Dealers were notified on December 22, 2023, and owners will receive notification starting February 13, 2024.
No Reported Incidents:
BMW has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to this issue. However, the recall is being conducted as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of pedestrians and drivers.
For more information, BMW owners can contact their local dealership or visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website at https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls.