BMW has issued a stop-sale and recall on all BMW i3 models in the U.S. The move comes after the i3 failed a certain crash test performed by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Specifically, NHTSA says the BMW i3 fails its rigid-barrier crash test for 5th-percentile women who are in the driver’s seat and not wearing a seatbelt. If this sounds specific, it’s because it is. Basically this test impacts women weighing 100 to 110 pounds who are around five feet tall.
BMW argues that their internal testing shows that the i3 passes with flying colors. So until the company and NHTSA can figure out why there is a discrepancy between internal and government test results, BMW has issued the stop-sale and recall. The move affects 30,542 cars across the 2014 through 2018 model years.
It is worth noting that the 2017 BMW i3 has received “good” crash test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in all categories except for its head restraints and seats, which have “acceptable” ratings.