BMW recalls 19,000 i3 REx models for possible fuel vapor leak

2014-2017 model years are affected.

The Basics: BMW is recalling 19,130 2014-2017 model year i3 REx range-extended EVs because of a possible fuel vapor leak.

The Problem: The fuel tank vent line is routed near the ribbed wire protecting the battery-plus cable sleeve. The line can rub against the ribbed wire, and possibly wear through, creating a fuel vapor leak within the enclosed engine compartment. This increases the risk of a fire.

Injuries/Deaths: There are zero known injuries or deaths associated with this issue. A non-US dealer spotted a chafed line in a vehicle, then BMW monitored field vehicles, saw other indications of chafing, and subsequently ordered the recall.

The Fix: Beginning April 3, BMW dealers will inspect fuel vent lines and replace them as necessary. 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. This fix is free of charge.

If You Own One: BMW will notify all owners, or owners can call BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Owners can also check if their vehicle is affected by entering their VIN at BMW's Safety Recall site or

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