BMW and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have announced that the 1 Series ActiveE is being recalled. We don't imagine many of those reading this are owners of the recalled machine since the first ActiveE was just delivered to a paying customer in January of this year and the cars are only available in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, New York, Boston and Hartford, CT, but we thought we'd keep you up to date anyway.

It seems the cars may unexpectedly lose electric steering assistance, which may increase the risk of a crash. The defect will be fixed free of charge, as you would expect, and owners will be receiving notification shortly. Feel free to read through the official recall notice, which also includes some 2012 Z4 models, by scrolling down below.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
BMW / ACTIVEE 2011
BMW / Z4 2012
Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC Mfr's Report Date: JUN 28, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V302000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Potential Number of Units Affected: 162

Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 1-SERIES ACTIVE E AND MODEL YEAR 2012 Z4 VEHICLES. VARIATIONS IN ELECTRICAL CURRENT MAY OCCUR WITHIN THE ELECTRIC POWER STEERING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM, LEADING TO SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER STEERING ASSISTANCE.

Consequence:
SUDDEN LOSS OF STEERING ASSISTANCE MAY INCREASE THE STEERING EFFORT REQUIRED TO CONTROL THE DIRECTION OF A VEHICLE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE STEERING ASSISTANCE MODULE, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JULY 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AT 1-800-525-7417.

Notes:
CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


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      Babs Johnson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lets all meet at the flagpoll after class and work this out.
      noevfud
      • 2 Years Ago
      Leave it to BMW to screw up EPS. The Toyota Yaris has brilliant EPS, something BMW is not familiar with since they are new to efficient cars. Oh wait, they just partnered with them so they can get some help. LOL
        Chris M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @noevfud
        Toyota developed electronic power steering for their Prius, so they've been working on it since the mid 1990's. They've had a lot more experience, and a lot more time to get it just right.
      Peder Norby
      • 2 Years Ago
      The recall is for 162 total units, some electric ActiveE's, Some gasoline Z4's. There are 700 ActiveE's on the road. This is not an electric car issue but rather a component issue that is used in both gasoline and electric cars. Cheers Peder ActiveE driver, 37,500 miles in the Mini-E, 8,000 miles in the ActiveE, all powered by sunshine :)
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      EVs don't break. I read it all over the place. Mechanics will be out of work.
        PR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        Rotation -- Are you trying to compare this recall (which is also for gassers along with electrics) to gas car recalls? Toyota, recalled more than 14 million vehicles globally: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gLCc7WVqJVaWxaNt6ArJgJJFrcNg?docId=e8178150fa5341e1beb7bd995b63398f 15.5 million gas cars recalled in 2011 alone: http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/06/with-3-9-million-vehicles-honda-leads-all-automakers-in-recalls-for-2011/ It's an evaluation fleet of EV's anyways, it isn't even full production. Why you talking trash?
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PR
          PR: You're kidding me, right? Toyota shipped a heck of a lot more ICE cars than BMW shipped Active Es, so of course the figures are larger for ICE cars. And I never said ICE cars don't break, it's the other people who say EVs don't break for some reason. What a poor argument you put forth. Evaluation? They do charge money for the thing. It's no more evaluation than the Fisker Karma is. It's an offered product. And now it's been recalled. Yeah, sure, BMW will learn from these cars being in the field, but they learn from every car they sell (or lease). They're just calling it evaluation to deflect attention from the fact that it's a compliance EV. Why am I talking trash? Well, mostly because some dumbos (you can count yourself not among them if you think it doesn't apply to you) think that for some reason EVs will put mechanics out of work. These people somehow forget that there are a lot of things to go wrong on cars besides the ICEs, and those parts exist on EVs.
          Vlad
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PR
          @Letstakeawalk: We'll see. There are no stats to speak of yet, but I'm hopeful on better reliability and less maintenance, especially when this field matures.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PR
          "It's an evaluation fleet of EV's anyways, it isn't even full production." The whole car is being evaluated, but many of the individual component parts are already fully-developed and indeed (as Peder Norby pointed out) shared across products regardless of the drivetrain. The part that failed was a pretty standard part. It could, and did, fail in a conventional ICE application. I suspect that Rotation was merely poking fun at all those commentators that think EVs will be immune to typical component failures. Rest assured - your EV is not going to cause the Service Department at your local dealer to be any less profitable.
        Actionable Mango
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        ActiveE is in a select field test. The entire point of a field test is to drive under real world conditions to identify problems and fix them. In other words, problems are expected.
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          If they charge money for it, then there is an expectation it will work. And they do charge money for these. You will also note that Z4s were recalled. Even if the Active E is somehow "on test", this particular part wasn't, because it's in the Z4 too.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        @Rotation "EVs don't break." But batteries can brick (even if they rarely break). And they are way more expensive to fix than ICEs (especially after the warranty).
          Joeviocoe
          • 2 Years Ago
          We don't know the true cost of fixing a bricked battery yet. Hopefully, we won't know for a while. An engine seizing after a major single fault... is already known to be VERY expensive. And we don't know how often Battery Bricking will occur. So although it may be more expensive, it will probably be MUCH less probable. Time will tell, but I think that Bricking will turn out to be more FUD than reality.
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