According to a recent report, the BMW i3 fails to meet frontal impact performance standards.
The news first came from , which posted a dealer-provided Q&A confirming the recall affects 30,542 units in the U.S. from model year 2014 to 2018. The issue stems from inconsistent results in a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test. Specifically, the unbelted small adult rigid barrier test (NHTSA’s 5th percentile female), with the driver seat occupant sustaining loads marginally above the limit.
BMW spokesperson Rebecca Kiehne confirmed to that BMW’s compliance testing showed results well below the required limits, but more recent testing has shown inconsistent results.
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Due to the conflicting results, BMW is recalling i3 units produced from 2014 to 2018 and recommends all occupants use their seatbelts and confirms a fix is coming. Kiehne also confirmed a stop-sale order has been issued in the U.S. for the BMW i3 and i3s.
NHTSA’s 5th percentile female are classified as women who are approximately five feet tall and weigh around 110 pounds.