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      01-30-2023, 11:35 AM   #1
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BMW recalls certain i4 and iX models due to faulty external noise generators

BMW is recalling 3,431 electric vehicles because the sound generator used when backing up might fail. Specifically, certain examples of the 2022-2023 BMW i4 eDrive40 (1,988 vehicles) and 2022-2023 BMW iX xDrive50 (1,443 vehicles) are being recalled.

BMW says the external artificial noise generator control unit “may, sporadically, experience a fault condition.” If this occurs, the typical beep/hum it’s required to emit when backing up may not play. That would put these BMWs out of compliance as it concerns FMVSS 141 Section 5. In case you were curious, this section of regulations covers the minimum sound requirements for hybrid and electric vehicles. Since there’s no natural engine sound to alert nearby people to their presence, all of these vehicles are required to produce artificial noise at low speeds.

EDIT — ^ That’s not my verbiage. Looks like the post imported the first couple of paragraphs from the article. I would not be telling you owners that your car makes noise lol.

EDIT 2 — Sorry for the misspelled title. I can’t seem to correct my typo. Jason please feel free to edit the title to properly spell “xDrive” if you’d like!
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      01-30-2023, 12:27 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing this. Sounds like something that could be pushed OTA, but of course that doesn’t seem to work for most of us with iX’s.
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      01-30-2023, 12:32 PM   #3
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Thanks for sharing this. Sounds like something that could be pushed OTA, but of course that doesn’t seem to work for most of us with iX’s.
You’re welcome! I thought that might be the case as well, but I do know a lot of you guys are having those issues with OTA updates.

Thought this might help someone who was having this issue, but didn’t know what it was.
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      01-30-2023, 12:33 PM   #4
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at least, M60 isn’t part of it
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      01-30-2023, 12:43 PM   #5
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at least, M60 isn’t part of it
Just because it’s not on the BMW Safety Recall site yet doesn’t mean your vehicle doesn’t still need it. Since this was just an announced, it may take weels to actually show up there. Additionally, not every recall goes to that site although this one sounds like it would certainly qualify.
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My experience has been that legitimate recalls (at least so far) have shown up fairly timely in the MyBMW app (under the Services section of Vehicle Status).
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      01-30-2023, 06:29 PM   #7
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According to another article I just read:

“It’s apparently fixable via a software update, though it doesn’t seem like BMW is taking the Tesla approach of doing it over the air. The NHTSA’s notice says that “dealers will update the external artificial sound generator software” for free, implying that you will still have to take your car in to get it fixed. If you own one of these cars, keep an eye out for a notification letter from BMW, which is due to be sent out on March 17th.”
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      01-31-2023, 05:23 AM   #8
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Have this issue on my car

Took delivery in august 2022
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      01-31-2023, 08:04 AM   #9
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Interesting that the ix3 isn’t mentioned
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BMW iX recalled for faulty external sound generator ... (BMW) is recalling certain 2022-2023 i4 eDrive40 and iX xDrive50 electric vehicles<a href="https://laptopswiki.com/best-hp-pavilion-x360-compatible-pen/">.</a>
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I can definitely hear it on mine from inside and outside of the vehicle. I think some people are confusing it for a whining sound when it’s just synthetic warning sounds designed to sound like an engine for the pedestrians.
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Just because it’s not on the BMW Safety Recall site yet doesn’t mean your vehicle doesn’t still need it. Since this was just an announced, it may take weels to actually show up there. Additionally, not every recall goes to that site although this one sounds like it would certainly qualify.
Just go to the NHTSA recall tool at the NHTSA government web site. It should be 100% up-to-date on this recall that is now several days old.
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Just go to the NHTSA recall tool at the NHTSA government web site. It should be 100% up-to-date on this recall that is now several days old.
I went to both sites yesterday. Guess mine is not one of them (so far).
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I went to both sites yesterday. Guess mine is not one of them (so far).
As was mentioned, iX M60 and i4 M50 not affected by the recall. Only i4 e40 and iX50
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As was mentioned, iX M60 and i4 M50 not affected by the recall. Only i4 e40 and iX50
Good for us! Sorry to those impacted. You know, it wouldn’t be so bad if they would fix the OTA issue(s)!
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Headline says it all
‘External Sound Generator’.

Cannot make this up.
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According to BMW, the control unit for the exterior artificial noise generator "may, irregularly, encounter a malfunction state." If this happens, it could not play the customary beep or hum that is supposed to occur when backing up. This would violate Section 5 of FMVSS 141, which applies to certain BMWs.
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Did NOT think this would make the front page! I thought that was mostly reserved for the likes of OGs such as ynguldyn et al !
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Did NOT think this would make the front page! I thought that was mostly reserved for the likes of OGs such as ynguldyn et al !
I had one last week! You may consider editing the subject line since there’s a misspelling. It can be edited.
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I had one last week! You may consider editing the subject line since there’s a misspelling. It can be edited.
PM’ed.
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Let's try and remember that this is a global forum for a global community. The recall info/numbers mentioned above so far relate only to BMW NA.

The BMW AG recall notices do not single out specific variants only the production periods affected. Both recall notices are attached.
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I had a call from the dealer yesterday to say my iX3 is also affected. The reprogramming is being done next week.
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