BMW Issues A Stop-Sale And Recalls All I3 For A Ridiculously Specific Reason

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Approximately 30,542 BMW i3's sold between 2014-2018 in the United States are affected in this recall. That's basically ALL BMW i3's, so if you have one, you're part of this very limited group. In the meantime, BMW is also issuing a Stop-Sale, as in you can no longer buy a BMW i3, until the issues are rectified.

The reason for this widespread incoming recall, which hasn't been formally announced by BMW, is ridiculously specific. According to findings from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) results from the rigid barrier frontal crash of "an unbelted small adult (NHTSA's 5th percentile female) in the driver's seating position," marginally exceeded one of the test limits for the neck area, bearing a higher risk for one type of neck injury. If you don't know whether you're a small adult or not, based on NHTSA's definition: "approximately 5 feet tall and weighs approximately 110 pounds, which represents the smaller and lighter demographic of the U.S. population."

Source: InsideEVs

As long as you're wearing your seatbelt, which is a requirement with varying levels of enforcement and fees if violated, you SHOULD fall under the limits set by NHTSA, and thus determined within an acceptable level of risk injury.

Source: InsideEVs

Source: InsideEVs

If you're affected you should be receiving a letter in January, assuming they've come up with a fix for this. In the meantime, just be safe and use your seat belts at all times. This doesn't just apply to BMW i3 owners, it applies to everyone and should just be common sense.

Source: InsideEVs

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