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

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An obscure security situation 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
america, masking 30,542 automobiles from the 2014 to 2018
mannequin 12 months.

The protection situation that led to the recall and stop-sale follows
latest testing by the Nationwide Freeway Visitors and Security
Administration.

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Throughout latest exams, the NHTSA discovered that Fifth-percentile
girls—feminine drivers greater than 5 ft tall and weighing between
100 and 110 kilos—confirmed a “marginally greater 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, after all. However
if a feminine BMW i3 driver becoming that profile didn’t achieve this,
she could be liable to exceeding the damage restrict allowed by
the NHTSA, in keeping with a report by BMW Weblog final Monday.

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

UPDATE: On December 1, BMW sellers despatched
the next discover to not less than some BMW i3 house owners:

Our engineers are about to complete the programming of a
software program restore resolution that may repair the non-compliance
situation. The software program growth is within the closing phases and the
resolution is anticipated to be obtainable as of mid-December.

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

The difficulty is not software program or a particular part, however a design
attribute that does not correctly shield 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
Neff]
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BMW made it clear that the i3 is totally secure to drive in
all situations when the protection belt is fixed correctly.

Sadly, the stop-sale means patrons a brand new
i3—which was not too long ago up to date for the 2018 mannequin 12 months—might 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 12 months.

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BMW gave no definitive timeline for when it’ll raise the
stop-sale. BMW will start mailing notifications to house owners of
the affected automobiles in January 2018.

The 30,542 automobiles to be recalled for the as-yet-unspecified
modification embrace 29,383 bought 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 have now up to date it to mirror
data despatched out to i3 house owners by BMW sellers on December
1.

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