BMW i8 recalled for fuel tank issues

BMW i | December 6th, 2014 by 2
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BMW of North America issued a recall for the new 2014 BMW i8 hybrid sports car. According to NHTSA, certain i8 vehicles manufactured from May …

BMW of North America issued a recall for the new 2014 BMW i8 hybrid sports car. According to NHTSA, certain i8 vehicles manufactured from May 16, 2014 to September 16, 2014, might have a defective bolt used to attach a ground cable between the tank and the vehicle chassis.

The bolt may not have been properly welded during manufacturing. Therefore, the inadequate weld of the bolt to the fuel tank could cause a fuel leak. In the presence of an ignition source, a fuel leak could lead to a fire.

BMW says there are 223 potential i8 models being affected.

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SUMMARY:

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 i8 vehicles manufactured from May 16, 2014, to September 16, 2014. A bolt used to attach a ground cable between the tank and the vehicle chassis may not have been properly welded during manufacturing.

CONSEQUENCE:

An inadequate weld of the bolt to the fuel tank could cause a fuel leak. In the presence of an ignition source, a fuel leak could lead to a fire.

REMEDY:

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the fuel tank if necessary, free of charge. The recall began in November 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.

NOTES:

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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