BMW Recalls i4 Electric Cars Over Missing Battery Pads
Cars are recalled for a wide range of issues, from the relatively mundane to very serious defects that put people’s safety at risk. A new recall from BMW is at the latter end of the spectrum.
BMW is reportedly calling back certain i4 electric cars in Denmark because they are missing battery pads. The lack of the safety devices puts recalled cars at risk of bursting into flames in the event of an accident, according to Car Buzz.
“The 83.9-kWh battery pack in the BMW i4 is bolted to the floor pan of the design to maintain a low center of gravity and high chassis rigidity,” Car Buzz’s Nikesh Kooverjee explains. “For it to maintain composure while charging in varying environments, the system has been provided with a heating and cooling system which manages the temperature of the system via a series of efficient pumps.”
The pads safeguard the battery packs. Without them, batteries could short circuit and catch fire.
The recall appears to be limited to Europe. The company has not filed a defect notice with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the U.S. over the issue.
Still, BMW has plenty of car defect issues on its hands in the states.
The company announced late last year that it was recalling some 50,000 cars over a brake assist defect. BMW said at the time that the problem could increase the risk of a crash.
Months earlier, BMW recalled some 14,000 2 Series Gran Coupes because their sunroofs are not up to federal standards meant to protect people from unintentional operation.
Legal Rights for California Car Owners
BMW is not alone. Major car manufacturers recall millions of vehicles around the globe every year. These moves are often in response to serious defects that put the safety of everyone on the road at risk.
Fortunately, California car owners do not need to wait for a recall to be announced in order to get defective and malfunctioning vehicles repaired.
The California lemon law requires car manufacturers to perform a wide range of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The law also requires the companies to buy back cars that they cannot or refuse to properly fix. That includes compensating the owner for the purchase price and financing fees, along with rental car, towing and other related expenses.
A manufacturer can instead offer to replace the car, but it is up to the owner to decide whether to accept this alternative arrangement. An experienced California lemon law attorney can help you understand your rights and explore your options.
Speak with an Orange County Lemon Law Attorney
If you are stuck with a lemon or locked in a dispute with a car manufacturer over repairs, the Orange County lemon law attorneys at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help.
Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with an Orange County lemon law attorney.