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2018 BMW i3 Reliability Ratings

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2018 BMW i3 Recalls

There have been 3 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM Recall Date: 04/16/2019
  • Summary: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018 i3 BEV and i3 REx hybrid electric vehicles. A circuit board problem within the Electric Motor Electronics (EME) module may shutdown the supply of high voltage electrical power.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 159
  • Consequence: A shut down of high-voltage electrical power would result in a loss of propulsion, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the EME module, free of charge. The recall began June 13, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
  • Dates of Manufacture: JAN 12, 2018 to FEB 19, 2018
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V310000
EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL Recall Date: 09/19/2018
  • Summary: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018 BMW 330e iPerformance, i3 Rex, i3 Sport Rex, X5 xDrive40e, i3 BEV, i3 Sport BEV and 2019 i8 and i8 Roadster vehicles and 2018-2019 530e iPerformance, 530e xDrive iPerformance and 740Le xDrive iPerformance vehicles. Capacitors within the TurboCord Portable Chargers may fail, possibly resulting in a shock hazard or a fire.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 3501
  • Consequence: An electrical shock or a fire can increase the risk of injury or death.
  • Remedy: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the charging cable, and replace it if necessary, free of charge. The recall began February 22, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
  • Dates of Manufacture: FEB 26, 2018 to AUG 21, 2018
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V652000
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL Recall Date: 11/15/2017
  • Summary: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2014-2018 BMW i3 electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Unbelted, small adult, drivers may be at a higher risk of neck injury in the event of a frontal crash. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 32000
  • Consequence: During a frontal impact, unbelted, small adult, drivers could be at a higher risk of neck injury.
  • Remedy: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will update the Driver air bag control unit software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 8, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at the dedicated i3 recall number 1-855-269-3361.
  • Dates of Manufacture: AUG 31, 2013 to NOV 13, 2017
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 17V720000

2018 BMW i3 Warranty

The 2018 BMW i3 comes with a four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle warranty and an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

Warranty information last updated: 7/16/20

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