BMW to Recall Every i3 Electric Vehicle Sold in the US
November 23, 2017 Paul Ausick
German automaker BMW is recalling every one of the 29,383 i3 electric
vehicles it has sold in the U.S. and has told dealers to stop sales of the
1,159 currently in dealer inventory as a result of recent testing that
indicates a small driver not wearing a seat belt has a higher risk of neck
injury in a head-on collision.
The testing was conducted by the U.S. National Highway Transportation and
Safety Administration (NHTSA) as part of recent certification testing and
the results were “marginally above the limit” for unbelted, small drivers
(NHTSA category is 5th percentile female) who are 5-feet tall and weigh 110
BMW’s own testing did not reveal the anomaly but the NHTSA’s test did
surface an inconsistency. The recall and stop-ship notice are the result.
Exactly how BMW can fix this problem is unclear. The obvious fix is for all
drivers to wear seat belts at all times. The only sure way to do that is to
disable the starting sequence until the driver puts on her seat belt. Can
that be limited just to small, light females?
Every state requires drivers to wear a seat belt but laws differ on
enforcement. In some states drivers can be stopped if observed not wearing a
seat belt; in others, driving unbelted is an issue only if the driver is
stopped for another reason. In the first case, seat belt use last year
totaled 92% according to NHTSA data; in the second case, only 83% of drivers
used seat belts. Belts cut serious crash-related injuries and deaths by
about half and save nearly 14,000 lives in 2015.
In a letter to dealers dated November 16 and posted at the InsideEVs
website, BMW said that car owners would receive a letter in January advising
them of the recall.
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BMW Halts U.S. i3 Sales Because One New Hampshire Woman May Hurt Her Neck
November 20, 2017 ... not many people will be affected ... those affected by
the safety issue which led to the recall make up a minuscule subset of the
car's owners. It is reported that only the smallest twentieth of women, or
those five feet in stature and 110 ...
Recall and stop-sale to be issued on all BMW i3 models sold in America
November 20th, 2017 - BMW has issued a stop-sale on all new i3s until the
issue of the recall can be remedied. So if you're looking to buy a BMW i3,
you might be in for some bad luck ...
BMW recalls every single i3 EV over unbelted crash concerns
November 20, 2017 The automaker also halted the sale of any i3 currently on
dealer lots ... Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test of the BMW
i3 -- specifically the unbelted small adult rigid barrier test ...
Voluntary Recall For Every BMW i3 Sold To Date In The US ...
2017/11/22 - BMW is ... recalling every i3 sold in the US to date ... going
on various data points and rumors ... BMW has apparently issued a Stop Sale
order — meaning that no more BMW i3s will be delivered to buyers until the
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