BMW has announced a stop-sale order and recall for all i3 electric vehicle sold in the United States after the vehicles failed a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rigid-barrier crash test.
According to Car and Driver, the i3 failed to pass a NHTSA rigid-barrier crash test for 5th percentile women who are in the driver’s seat and not wearing seatbelts. 5th percentile women are considered those weighing between 100 and 110 pounds and standing roughly five feet tall.
The crash test is conducted at 20 to 25 mph and involves crashing a vehicle head-on into a flat, solid wall. NHTSA noted that the driver seat occupant would sustain loads marginally above the required limit and that the results were inconsistent with BMW’s testing.
Full crash test ratings for the BMW i3 have not yet been released
BMW has announced that a remedy is forthcoming, but has not commented on what that fix may be.
BMW i3 owners can expect to be notified of the recall beginning in December and the stop-ale order was issued last week.
BMW advises consumers that it is safe to drive the i3s as long as a seatbelt is used.