BMW Recalls 91,800 MINI Cooper Vehicles, Airbag May Not Deploy
BMW of North America is recalling approximately 91,800 model year 2005-2006 MINI Cooper and Cooper S vehicles manufactured between January 5, 2005 and November 28, 2006, and 2005-2008 MINI Cooper Convertible and Cooper S Convertible vehicles manufactured between January 5, 2005 and July 31, 2008.
Due to manufacturing, installation, and exposure issues, the front passenger seat occupant detection mat may not function properly and, as a result, the front passenger airbag may not deploy in a crash.
An improperly functioning mat may cause the passenger frontal airbag to be inactive when the seat is occupied, and in the event of a crash, the airbag will not deploy, increasing the passenger's risk of injury.
MINI will notify owners of the affected vehicles, and local MINI dealers will replace the front passenger seat occupant detection mat, free of charge.
This recall is expected to begin on May 1, 2015. For additional information, owners can contact MINI customer service toll-free at (866) 825-1525.