BMW i3 electrical automobile gross sales stopped, future recall introduced for particular security concern (up to date)


An obscure security difficulty has led to a halt in gross sales of the BMW
i3 electrical automobile till additional discover.

The German maker introduced a recall for each single i3 bought in
the USA, overlaying 30,542 automobiles from the 2014 to 2018
mannequin yr.

The security difficulty that led to the recall and stop-sale follows
latest testing by the Nationwide Freeway Visitors and Security

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Throughout latest exams, the NHTSA discovered that Fifth-percentile
ladies—feminine drivers greater than 5 ft tall and weighing between
100 and 110 kilos—confirmed a “marginally larger threat”
of sustaining neck accidents within the occasion of a frontal crash if
not carrying a seatbelt.

Drivers ought to put on their seatbelt always, in fact. However
if a feminine BMW i3 driver becoming that profile didn’t achieve this,
she can be susceptible to exceeding the harm restrict allowed by
the NHTSA, in response to a report by BMW Weblog final Monday.

2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electrical automobile [photo: Chris
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The weblog obtained a replica of the doc specifying and
detailing the security concern. It says a treatment for the difficulty is
nonetheless underneath improvement.

UPDATE: On December 1, BMW sellers despatched
the next discover to at the least some BMW i3 homeowners:

Our engineers are about to complete the programming of a
software program restore resolution that can repair the non-compliance
difficulty. The software program improvement is within the remaining levels and the
resolution is anticipated to be accessible as of mid-December.

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BMW launched a press release which mentioned its personal testing didn’t
reveal the inconsistencies discovered by the NHTSA, however it
acknowledged them and mentioned it should repair the difficulty.

The difficulty is not software program or a particular element, however a design
attribute that does not correctly defend a small, particular
portion of the inhabitants.

The treatment is anticipated to contain reprogramming of the airbag
management logic.

2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electrical automobile [photo: Chris
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BMW made it clear that the i3 is totally protected to drive in
all situations when the security belt is fixed correctly.

Sadly, the stop-sale means patrons taking a look at a brand new
i3—which was not too long ago up to date for the 2018 mannequin yr—will likely be
out of luck because of the security concern.

The 2018 BMW i3 provides a sportier i3s trim and slight styling
updates, although the battery and rated ranges stay equivalent
to the 2017 mannequin yr.

BMW i3 electrical automobile vary provides sportier i3s

BMW gave no definitive timeline for when it should carry the
stop-sale. BMW will start mailing notifications to homeowners of
the affected automobiles in January 2018.

The 30,542 automobiles to be recalled for the as-yet-unspecified
modification embody 29,383 bought to prospects and 1,159
at present held by U.S. dealerships. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: This text was initially
printed on November 28, 2017. We have now up to date it to mirror
data despatched out to i3 homeowners by BMW sellers on December


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