BMW, MINI Recall Vehicles Due to Potentially Defective Airbag

BMW, MINI Recall Vehicles Due to Potentially Defective Airbag
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October 20, 2015

A malfunctioning airbag is prompting a recall from one automaker.

BMW of North America is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper two-door vehicles, 2015-2016 MINI John Cooper Works and MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper four-door vehicles and 2014-2015 BMW i3 vehicles. Due to a manufacturing error, the passenger frontal airbag may not deploy properly in a low speed crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."

In the event of a vehicle crash, an airbag that does not deploy properly increases the risk of injury to the front seat passenger.

BMW is recalling about 6,000 vehicles in connection to this defect.

MINI and BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on November 20, 2015.

Owners with questions about the recall can contact MINI customer service at (866) 825-1525 and BMW customer service at (800) 525-7417.