Jaguar Land Rover is recalling about 6,400 I-Pace electric SUVs in the US over concerns that the electric car’s high-voltage battery could overheat.
At least eight vehicle fires were reported as a result of the defect, according to Reuters, but there were no accidents or injuries. Owners are told to park away from buildings and, when possible, charge outdoors.
The vehicle’s battery power management software will be updated by a dealer, according to a notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which also states that “battery modules will be replaced if necessary.”
The I-Pace debuted in the fall of 2018. The recall affects cars from model years 2019 to 2024.
Notification letters will be mailed to I-PACE owners on July 31, but they can also contact NHTSA or Jaguar for more information.
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The batteries are made by LG Energy Solution, a South Korean company already under investigation by NHTSA following recalls by five other automakers — General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Stellantis and Volkswagen — related to fire risks associated with their lithium-ion batteries. batteries.
Jaguar, which is owned by India’s Tata Motors, promised in 2021 that their entire fleet would be electric by 2025.
Last month, the company said it would invest $19 billion in electric vehicles over the next five years, but would not confirm plans to end production of gas-powered vehicles, according to Reuters.
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