Even although practically each state within the US requires a seatbelt, automakers should nonetheless recall automobiles for issues associated to unbelted passengers, which is what BMW is presently doing.
BMW has issued a recall for each i3 electrical metropolis automobile that has been offered within the US since its introduction within the 2014 mannequin 12 months, which comes out to roughly 30,542 automobiles. BMW additionally issued a stop-sale for i3 fashions presently within the pipeline, whether or not that isor 2017s presently at sellers.
The downside pertains to the car’s crashworthiness. Apparently, ladies within the fifth percentile of physique measurement (roughly 5 ft tall and weighing 110 kilos) are barely extra more likely to endure a neck damage throughout a frontal collision if they don’t seem to be carrying their seatbelt. It’s a really small edge case, and it requires an individual to not be carrying a seatbelt, however both approach, the car is ever so barely exterior of federal laws.
It’s necessary to notice that seatbelts are obligatory in 49 out of 50 US states — New Hampshire is the one state with out an grownup seatbelt legislation on the books, though there’s a legislation that covers drivers and passengers beneath the age of 18.
It does not seem that there’s a clear-cut resolution accessible. Problems with crash exams typically require changes to greater than a automobile’s physique panels, which implies remedying this concern may be sophisticated — and costly. In an announcement, BMW mentioned a treatment is forthcoming, nevertheless it didn’t elaborate on what the repair is, or how lengthy it would take to implement.
In the meantime, in the event you occurred to be wanting ahead to choosing up a refreshed-for-2018 i3, you may be ready a bit longer than anticipated. If you occur to personal a BMW i3, be sensible and buckle up, it doesn’t matter what percentile you fall into.
BMW’s full assertion is under:
BMW has an extended, well-documented historical past of pursuing the best ranges of energetic and passive security. In a latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash check of the BMW i3 — particularly the unbelted small grownup inflexible barrier check (NHTSA’s fifth percentile feminine), the driving force seat occupant sustained hundreds marginally above the restrict.
While BMW’s compliance testing confirmed outcomes nicely under the required limits, more moderen testing has proven inconsistent outcomes. Consequently, BMW has issued a recall and is working with the company to know the variations within the check outcomes. A treatment is forthcoming.
The BMW passive security methods are optimized for security belt use. BMW i3 homeowners ought to really feel assured that their car will carry out nicely in an actual world crash when the security belt is used. BMW recommends that every one car occupants fasten their security belts earlier than driving, and maintain them mounted throughout journey.
Customers with questions might contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-525-7417, or e mail CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.