Do You Own a BMW i3?
We might be delivering you a bit of bad news, then.
BMW last week issued a stop-sale order and recall for every i3 in the United States, meaning from the 2014 model up to the present 2018 car.
A total 30,542 cars are affected.
In a recent round of testing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that a limit was exceeded in one particular case.
What’s the “The limit”? It concerns the case where a 5th-percentile women (about 5 feet tall and weighing between 100 and 110 pounds) in the driver’s seat and not wearing a safety belt could have a marginally higher risk of a neck injury in certain frontal crashes.
As of now, BMW is still working out a fix for the issue, but beginning in January 2018, customers that own the electric i3 will start getting notices of recalls in the mail.
The good news? The i3 is still safe as long as you’re wearing your seatbelt, so just keep it clicked.
The BMW i3’s carbon-fiber and aluminum structure with electric powertrain is the future of electric cars and dynamic driving.
An optional gas engine extends the total EPA-rated range to 180 miles.
In testing, the range-extended i3 went from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds; the EV model hit 60 in 6.6 seconds.
BMW’s first mass-produced battery-electric vehicle, the i3, was followed quickly by the i8 hybrid sports car. The i3 is a hatchback with rear-hinged back doors, integrated taillights hidden behind a glass panel, a carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic structure, and concept-car styling. The lithium-ion battery pack is housed in the floor, and a rear-mounted electric motor drives the rear wheels.
We’re confident that BMW will find a fix, but in the meantime, check out the mobility and dynamism of the i3 – and let us know what you think. Electric in the bay is always a great choice.