BMW i3 electrical automotive 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 automotive till additional discover.

The German maker introduced a recall for each single i3 offered in
the USA, protecting 30,542 vehicles from the 2014 to 2018
mannequin 12 months.

The security difficulty 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 toes 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 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 could be susceptible to exceeding the harm restrict allowed by
the NHTSA, in accordance 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 protection concern. It says a treatment for the problem is
nonetheless underneath improvement.

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
difficulty. The software program improvement is within the ultimate phases and the
resolution is anticipated 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, nevertheless it
acknowledged them and mentioned it can repair the problem.

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 anticipated 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 situations when the protection belt is mounted correctly.

Sadly, the stop-sale means patrons taking a look at a brand new
i3—which was just lately up to date for the 2018 mannequin 12 months—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 12 months.

BMW i3 electrical automotive vary provides sportier i3s

BMW gave no definitive timeline for when it can 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 prospects and 1,159
presently held by U.S. dealerships. 

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


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