Jaguar is recalling nearly 6,400 of its I-Pace electric SUV due to a potential battery fire risk. The British luxury car brand said it would recall affected electric SUVs to replace the battery energy control module to eliminate a potential fire risk.
A total of 6,367 I-Pace all-electric crossovers are affected by the recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said. The affected EVs were produced between 2019 and 2023. In these affected Jaguar I-Pace EVs, the high-voltage battery could overheat, leading to a fire accident. The automaker is reportedly aware of eight fire accidents involving Jaguar I-Pace models in the United States, but no accidents or injuries have been reported. The Tata Motors-owned automaker has yet to figure out whether there is a flaw in the way the battery pack is assembled, but has proposed a solution to the problem.
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NHTSA said Jaguar would update the affected vehicles’ software, which monitors the battery’s energy control module. If a module needs to be replaced, it will be replaced free of charge, the company said.
New software installations for affected Jaguar EVs will be made at Jaguar dealerships via an over-the-air software update. With the software installed, if the battery pack reaches a point where it could overheat, the system will issue a series of warnings to the driver if it detects a potential fire risk and limit the vehicle’s charge capacity to 75 percent. I-Pace owners will be told to return to their dealership for an inspection if the new software detects a fire risk. If the battery module or the entire battery pack needs to be replaced at this time, it will be handled by the OEM for free, which falls within the scope of the recall.
First published date: June 3, 2023 at 12:03pm CST