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


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

The German maker introduced a recall for each single i3 bought in
america, masking 30,542 vehicles from the 2014 to 2018
mannequin yr.

The protection challenge that led to the recall and stop-sale follows
current testing by the Nationwide Freeway Visitors and Security

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Throughout current checks, the NHTSA discovered that Fifth-percentile
girls—feminine drivers greater than 5 ft tall and weighing between
100 and 110 kilos—confirmed a “marginally increased danger”
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 could be vulnerable to exceeding the damage restrict allowed by
the NHTSA, in line with a report by BMW Weblog final Monday.

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

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

Our engineers are about to complete the programming of a
software program restore resolution that may repair the non-compliance
challenge. The software program growth is within the remaining levels and the
resolution is predicted to be obtainable as of mid-December.

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BMW launched an announcement which mentioned its personal testing didn’t
reveal the inconsistencies discovered by the NHTSA, nevertheless it
acknowledged them and mentioned it would repair the difficulty.

The problem 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 predicted to contain reprogramming of the airbag
management logic.

2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electrical automotive [photo: Chris
Enlarge Picture

BMW made it clear that the i3 is totally protected to drive in
all circumstances when the security belt is fixed correctly.

Sadly, the stop-sale means consumers taking a look at a brand new
i3—which was lately up to date for the 2018 mannequin yr—will probably 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 automotive vary provides sportier i3s

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

The 30,542 vehicles to be recalled for the as-yet-unspecified
modification embrace 29,383 bought to clients and 1,159
presently held by U.S. dealerships. 

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


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