USA, 2 June 2023: Jaguar is recalling over 6,000 I-Pace electric SUVs in the US due to the potential risk of high-voltage battery fires. Owners have been advised to park their vehicles outdoors until recall repairs are completed. This recall is part of a series of electric vehicle battery recalls related to fire hazards.
I-Pace electric SUV
According to documents released by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall encompasses all I-Pace SUVs from the 2019 through 2024 model years. Jaguar has urged customers to park their vehicles away from structures and charge them outdoors whenever possible. In case of any concerns, owners are advised to contact their dealer for assistance.
The affected vehicle batteries were manufactured by LG Energy Solution, which is currently under investigation by the NHTSA following recalls from multiple automakers due to potential fire risks and stalling issues. The investigation, initiated in April 2022, focuses on more than 138,000 vehicles equipped with lithium-ion batteries from the South Korean company.
LG Energy Solution has confirmed that Jaguar is updating the battery-managing software on the affected vehicles while investigations into the incidents leading to the recall are ongoing. The company continues to collaborate closely with Jaguar Land Rover to conclude the investigation.
Other automakers’ recalls since 2020
General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Stellantis, and Volkswagen have also issued recalls since February 2020, primarily due to internal battery failures that increase the risk of fires. The NHTSA plans to reach out to LG and other companies that may have used similar batteries to ensure necessary recalls are carried out.
The investigation and subsequent recalls highlight challenges faced by automakers in the global expansion of electric vehicles as a means to reduce emissions and combat climate change. Ford and BMW have also conducted battery recalls in recent years.
Concerns over high-voltage lithium-ion batteries have prompted investigations by the US National Transportation Safety Board, particularly regarding safety risks for first responders following accidents involving Tesla vehicles.
The Jaguar recall states that the battery energy control module software will be updated either by dealers or online. Additionally, dealers will replace battery modules if necessary. Eight vehicle fire reports in the US since June 2019 have been received by Jaguar, prompting the recall.