A possible fuel vapor leak is prompting a 2014-2017 model year BMW i3 REx recall. It involves 19,130 of the i3 range-extended EVs.
The problem centers around the tank vent line. It’s routed near the ribbed wire protecting the battery-plus cable sleeve. But the line can rub against the ribbed wire and possibly wear through. If so, it could create a fuel vapor leak within the enclosed engine compartment, increasing fire risk. The problem was discovered by a non-US dealer who spotted a chafed line in a vehicle. BMW monitored field vehicles, saw other indications of chafing and ordered the recall.
There are no known injuries or deaths associated with this issue.
BMW dealers will start inspecting i3s that are part of the recall on April 3. Problem fuel vent lines will be replaced. For all vehicles under the recall, BMW will install a clip between the fuel tank vent line and the battery cable sleeve to prevent contact and possible wear. There’s no cost to owners.
BMW will notify all owners, or owners can call BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Owners can also check to see if their vehicle is affected by entering their VIN at safercar.gov/vin.