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


An obscure security problem 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
the USA, overlaying 30,542 automobiles from the 2014 to 2018
mannequin 12 months.

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

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Throughout latest assessments, the NHTSA discovered that Fifth-percentile
girls—feminine drivers greater than 5 toes tall and weighing between
100 and 110 kilos—confirmed a “marginally larger danger”
of sustaining neck accidents within the occasion of a frontal crash if
not sporting 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 liable to exceeding the harm restrict allowed by
the NHTSA, in keeping 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 beneath growth.

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
problem. The software program growth is within the remaining levels and the
resolution is predicted to be out there as of mid-December.

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

The difficulty is not software program or a particular element, however a design
attribute that does not correctly shield 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 Photograph

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 patrons taking a look at a brand new
i3—which was not too long ago up to date for the 2018 mannequin 12 months—can be
out of luck as a result of 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 12 months.

BMW i3 electrical automotive 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
revealed on November 28, 2017. We now have up to date it to replicate
data despatched out to i3 homeowners by BMW sellers on December


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