BMW i3 Stop Sale: What You Need To Know — And Why Seat Belt Law Is To Blame

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Last week, BMW issued a stop sale of all new BMW i3 electric cars and BMW i3 range-extended electric cars after it became clear that the vehicle was not consistently passing a certain NHTSA crash-test procedure involving edge-case use. 
While the BMW i3 did originally pass the crash test, subsequent testing in the U.S. has shown variable results, forcing BMW to issue the stop sale until a remedy has been designed, approved and rolled out. 

But while the i3 has now effectively failed one of the mandatory NHTSA crash tests, it’s worth understanding that the crash test concerned covers a scenario in which a female driver of around five foot in height and weighing between one hundred and one hundred and ten pounds is involved in a low-speed frontal collision while not wearing a seat belt. 

And while that’s still technically a fail, the BMW i3 is failing because of Seat Belt Law… or rather, the fact that it’s not mandatory across the U.S. 

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