Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 6,367 Jaguar I-Pace electric SUVs due to possible thermal overload problems in the high-voltage battery pack assembly, as announced voluntarily. The purpose of the recall is to update the Battery Energy Control Module software of vehicles from model years 2019-2023. This software update will help monitor battery conditions and limit charging capacity to 75%. China recalls 1.1 million Teslas sold from Jan. 12, 2019 to April 24, 2023.
Recall for Ford F-150 Lightning due to battery defect causing fires and for 2022 Mustang Mach E Crossovers for axle breakage. GM, Volkswagen, and Nissan also recalled their vehicles due to some issues in the past few years.
Jaguar Land Rover, makers of the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace SUV, issued a Safety Recall Report on 30-May-2023. It was a voluntary recall made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Under this, the company will be recalling the defective vehicles, around 6,367 I-Pace vehicle models from the years 2019 to 2023 that were built at their Graz Vehicle Assembly Plant, Austria.
The vehicles have high voltage battery pack assembly made by LG Energy Solution Company. According to the report, thermal overload in I-Pace vehicles high voltage battery pack is noticed.
The defect is causing smoke or electric vehicle fires underneath and could result in increased risk of injury to drivers and occupants. Plus, people outside the vehicle and property damages are also estimated. However, there are no specific instances of injuries or property damages mentioned in the report.
Recalled Jaguar vehicles will be receiving an update to their Battery Energy Control Module software. This will monitor the operational status of the battery pack and indicate where the battery conditions reach to the point leading to thermal overload condition.
An enhanced level of driver warning related to battery conditions will be provided with this software if it determines a potential risk. It will also limit the high battery voltage charging capacity to 75%.
The driver will be guided to take their vehicle to the nearest Jaguar retailer for diagnosis and repairs, if required. All this will be displayed in the warning message through the updated software.
Once the vehicle is at the retailer, it will be inspected and if required, the affected battery will be replaced. Owners will not be charged for this repair. Jaguar Land Rover retailers will be notified about the same on 9-June-2023 and vehicle owners on 21-July-2023.
Other than the recall in Jaguar due to thermal overload in I-Pace vehicles, previously too many such recalls have happened in the automobile industry.
- Company’s Chinese regulators recall 1.1 million Teslas sold from Jan. 12, 2019 to April 24, 2023.
- In the US, the National Highway Traffic Administration recalled 30,000 Tesla Model X vehicles for an airbag issue in January.
- Then in November 2022, 321,000 vehicles in the United States were recalled due to tail-light issue, and another 40,000 over a power steering problem.
- F-150 models were recalled in March over a battery cell defect.
- In September 2022, certain Mustang Mach E Crossovers for the possible broken axles were recalled.
General Motors (GM)
- Due to battery pack sealing problems in October 2022, GM recalled 735 of its Hummer EVs 2022 models and 85 BrightDrop EV600 Electric vans.
- Under a voluntary safety recall 1,063 Ariya Electric SUVs of 2023 models were recalled. After this company discovered missing steering wheel bolts that could have caused loss of steering control.
- February marks the recall of half-million vehicles over steering wheel emblem detachments and another 800,000 vehicles for defective ignition keys.
- A Safety Recall Report was issued in March through NHTSA to recall 16,207 ID.4 EVs of 2023 models that may have a door handle defect.
- Another SRR was made on 3-May-2023 for 35,325 ID.4 models of 2021 and 2022 were recalled for the same water ingress problem on vehicle’s door handles.
Source: Jaguar Safety Recall Report