BMW NA is Issuing an i3 Recall Due to Risk of Neck Injury

BMW is issuing an i3 recall due to risk of neck injury to smaller drivers who don’t wear seat belts. Europe and other markets aren’t affected by this recal.

According to Automotive News Europe a crash test conducted by the automaker showed small adults — at or about 1.5 meters (5 feet tall) and 50 kg (110 pounds) — had an increased chance of sustaining neck damage in a frontal impact crash (according Electrek).

U.S. dealers have been told to stop selling i3 until repairs can be made to the existing 30,542 already in the wild (29,383 of which have been sold).

According to BMW it’s own testing didn’t reveal this issue but more recent tests had.

Official BMW Statement on the i3 Recall Due to Risk of Neck Injury

“The BMW passive safety systems are optimized for safety belt use “BMW i3 owners should feel confident that their vehicle will perform well in a real world crash when the safety belt is used. BMW recommends that all vehicle occupants fasten their safety belts before driving, and keep them fastened for the duration of travel.”

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  • sackboy

    Ridiculous !! Not wearing the belt, and then get mad that you are injured?!? Come on folks! Have we just lost our minds??!!!! If I run my M4GTS into a overpass bridge and it vaporizes at 150mph- is that the Manufacturer`s fault , also? Geez Louise!

  • Nick Dawson

    An obscure safety issue has led to a halt in sales of the BMW i3 electric car until further notice.

    Unfortunately, the stop-sale means buyers looking at a new i3—which was recently updated for the 2018 model year—will be out of luck due to the safety concern. The 2018 BMW i3 adds a sportier i3s trim and slight styling updates, though the battery and rated ranges remain identical to the 2017 model year.

    BMW gave no definitive timeline for when it will lift the stop-sale. BMW will begin mailing notifications to owners of the affected cars in January 2018. The 30,542 cars to be recalled for the as-yet-unspecified modification include 29,383 sold to customers and 1,159 currently held by U.S. dealerships.