BMW of North America has issued a recall for approximately 11,180 iX xDrive50 and iX M60 electric SUVs due to a potential safety concern involving the cruise control. The recall affects models from the 2022 through 2024 model years. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the driver can inadvertently hit the cruise control button and activate the system when turning the steering wheel at low speed. This complication could lead to unexpected acceleration or deceleration, although the cruise control icon will become visible, and the driver can deactivate the system by either braking or pressing the cruise control on/off button.
Separately, more than 14,000 BMW EVs, including about 5000 iX SUVs, were recalled earlier this year over a problem with short-circuiting in the high-voltage battery, as well as a few dozen 2022 iX EVs for a problem with battery manufacturing that could allow debris to enter the battery. In both cases, BMW issued Stop Drive orders until the problems could be fixed under recall.
For the current issue, BMW will begin notifying vehicle owners in July about the need for a software update. In the meantime, iX owners can check the NHTSA recalls website to see if their vehicle is included in the recall.