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


An obscure security situation 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 offered in
america, overlaying 30,542 vehicles from the 2014 to 2018
mannequin yr.

The security situation that led to the recall and stop-sale follows
current testing by the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors and Security

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

Drivers ought to put on their seatbelt always, after all. However
if a feminine BMW i3 driver becoming that profile didn’t accomplish that,
she could be liable to exceeding the harm 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 replica 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 not less than some BMW i3 homeowners:

Our engineers are about to complete the programming of a
software program restore answer that can repair the non-compliance
situation. The software program growth is within the remaining phases and the
answer is predicted to be obtainable 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 would repair the difficulty.

The difficulty is not software program or a selected 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 Photograph

BMW made it clear that the i3 is totally secure to drive in
all situations when the security belt is mounted correctly.

Sadly, the stop-sale means consumers a brand new
i3—which was just lately up to date for the 2018 mannequin yr—will likely 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 an identical
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 offered to clients and 1,159
at the moment held by U.S. dealerships. 

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


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