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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,333 miles

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2014 BMW i3 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2014 BMW i3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 272016

i3

  • 13,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Passenger seat sensor would fail to detect a passenger after drive lasting 20 minutes or more. The passenger air bag will not deploy in this state because no fault codes are registered in the seat sensor or anywhere else. BMW claims that this caused by "cell phone interference" and it "can never be fixed" but has replaced my seat sensor with a totally redesigned seat sensor. No one can explain why the "cell phone interference" line was used or why the seat sensor was redesigned. I presume my car is fixed with the new redesigned mat but other 2014 I3S may not be. This issue would occur in motion or while stationary, on city or highway streets. This issue would also occur *without* cell phones in the car. Once the issue occurs, the airbag would not come on again unless the car was left alone for an extended period of time (turning the car off and then back on within 5 minutes would not fix the issue.)

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 152015

i3

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owned a 2014 BMW I3. The contact stated that another vehicle driving at a high rate of speed, crashed into the rear of the contacts vehicle which then caused the contacts vehicle to crash into the vehicle that was in front. A police report was filed. The driver sustained minor bruises and required medical attention. The vehicle was towed and deemed destroyed. The insurance company was not able to determine what caused the air bags not to deploy. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V422000 (air bags) and 15V628000 (air bags). The contact was to determine if the manufacturer could further investigate the air bag failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Cardiff By The Sea, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012015

i3

  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 BMW I3. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed and remained stuck causing the vehicle to crash into a brick wall. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained chest and neck injuries, which required medical attention. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 9,000.

- Phenix City, AL, USA

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