BMW is recalling 2014 to 2018 model-year i3 electric cars sold in the U.S. because a crash test showed a higher risk of neck injury for a 5-foot-tall, 110-pound woman not wearing her seat belt.

The automaker sent a notice to dealers to stop selling the i3 until the repairs have been completed. BMW says it has sold 29,383 of the cars in the U.S. and currently has 1,159 in dealer inventory.

The test was one part of a recent certification conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

BMW said its own testing did not show the issue, but more recent testing showed inconsistent results. The automaker says it’s working with NHTSA to understand the difference in test results.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 2014 to 2018 BMW i3 electric cars.

The problem: NHTSA testing found that a small female driver not using her seat belt could be at risk for a neck injury in a specific front crash.

The fix: The repair is still being determined.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners will be notified in January, BMW says. Customers with questions may contact BMW Customer Relations at 800-525-7417 or email

NHTSA campaign number: No NHTSA campaign number yet.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall. Plug in the 17-digit vehicle identification number at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. It will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.