BMW i8 Recalled for Fire Risk
It seems 2015 BMW i8 owners will be getting a recall notice in the mail regarding an issue with their new gasoline-electric sports car. The potential problem lies with a bolt that holds the fuel tank to the i8’s chassis not doing its job.
Car & Driver reports the BMW recall notice says. “A bolt used to attach and secure the vehicle’s fuel tank to the vehicle chassis may not have properly welded during manufacturing. An inadequate weld of the bolt to the fuel tank could cause a fuel leak. In the presence of an ignition source, a fuel leak could cause a vehicle fire.”
The recall will affect more than half of i8s, which BMW says is exactly 223 cars. From the beginning of sales through November 2014, BMW has only moved 397 i8s in the U.S. The cars affected were built between May 16th and September 16th, 2014.
Owners are encouraged to have their cars inspected by BMW for the loose bolt and have any repairs made. Like all recalls, the repairs are made free of charge for the customer.
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Why it matters
The BMW i8 is a glimpse into the future of sports cars and supercars. It combines a small gasoline engine and an electric propulsion system that both saves on fuel costs and carbon emissions. Having recalls on such cutting edge technology is expected and more growing pains will likely come. Thankfully no one has reported any injuries or fires resulting from the loose bolt.
BMW is pouring a ton of money and time into building its “i division.” Much how its M Division focuses on outright sports cars, the i division focuses on more green ways of creating power while still creating a vehicle worth of the blue-and-white roundel. The i8 is powered by a 1.5-liter three-cylinder that delivers 231 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, an electric motor is powered by on-board batteries and generates 131 horses and 184 pound-feet. Together, the 362 horse and-420 pound-feet move the carbon fiber car quite adequately. In fact, 60 mph comes in roughly four seconds.
Pricing for the i8 starts at a very supercar-like $135,925. That doesn’t however include the government incentives and rebates you’d get for buying a green car.