BMW recalls 2014-2017 BMW i3 models

BMW i | February 18th, 2017 by 11
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BMW has issued a recall for approximately 19,000 model-year 2014-17 BMW i3 models equipped with the optional Range Extender REx. The recall bulletin issued by …

BMW has issued a recall for approximately 19,000 model-year 2014-17 BMW i3 models equipped with the optional Range Extender REx.

The recall bulletin issued by BMW and NHTSA says “the fuel-tank vent line may rub against the ribbed wire protection sleeve of the battery-positive cable, creating a hole in the vent line and causing a fuel vapor leak. In the presence of an ignition source, this can increase the risk of a fire.”

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Dealers will inspect the fuel vent line and replace it, as necessary, for free.

BMW will begin notifying owners on April 3. Owners can call the automaker at 800-525-7417, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov to check your vehicle identification number and learn more.

11 responses to “BMW recalls 2014-2017 BMW i3 models”

  1. CDspeed says:

    😁 so happy I didn’t get the REx.

  2. Glmus says:

    My dealer says there is no such report. I got on NHTSA and there was no report there. Is this for real?

      • Glmus says:

        Thanks. I finally got my dealer to share info from BMW. However, they don’t want us to come in until we get the letter. That seems strange to me. The letter says that there have not been any problems thus far, but this was picked up in a quality control check. I am wondering if I should have them drain my tank until the service can be done. Any opinion?

        • Horatiu B. says:

          We’re not really in a position to give advice since we don’t know the full details or consequences. I have an i3 REx and for now I’m just driving on electric power only.

          • Glmus says:

            I leased an REx because my wife almost ran out of juice in our earlier two Leafs. With this car, she hasn’t come close. We have never used the engine. Love the car – a truly great car, but it is missing several safety features. The new Bolt is loaded with such features. Thus, unless BMW loads up the next version with safety features, we will likely move onto another car when our lease runs out. One thing that bothers me about the i3 is the fact that the active cruise control cuts out in a bright sun. We are in Las Vegas and have lots of sun. I really love the ACC, but I have to be careful trying to use it when driving into the sun. I asked my service rep if we should drain the gas tank until BMW is ready to fix the problem and she said no. It seems to me that BMW would want me to.

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