Inside EVs reports that the US office of BMW has banned all local brand dealers from selling, leasing and shipping already paid i3 hatchbacks . This applies to both the fully electric version of the model and the variant equipped with an auxiliary petrol engine.
Ban sales in BMW decided after a series of scheduled crash tests conducted by the US National Road Safety Administration (NHTSA), it was found that in the event of a head-on collision, a non-fastened female driver of the fifth percentile (that is, up to 153 cm and weighing up to 50 kg) can get serious neck injuries.
This is due to the fact that the load when struck against a hard barrier exceeds the permissible standards, while for fastened drivers such a threat does not exist.
Here it is worth noting that the use of seat belts is mandatory for all states except New Hampshire, where only drivers and passengers under the age of 18 are obliged to wear buckles, but the German company seems to have decided to reinsure by banning sales of BMW i3 throughout the country.
Also, the Bavarians said that in early 2018 will review all BMW i3, sold in the US from 2013 to the present. It’s about more than 30 thousand electric cars. How the manufacturer plans to correct a constructive omission is still unknown.