Defective Steering Assistance Leads to Recall from MINI
BMW of North America is issuing a recall for vehicles with potentially compromised steering capabilities.
The automaker is voluntarily recalling about 86,000 model year 2002-2005 MINI Cooper and Cooper S vehicles and 2005 Cooper and Cooper S Convertible vehicles. The affected vehicles may experience temporary or permanent loss of the electro-hydraulic steering assistance.
If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required at lower speeds, potentially increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
This recall comes on the heels of a rough couple of weeks for the company, starting with a recall due to malfunctioning airbags. Then, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finalized charges that BMW intentionally misled MINI owners about their warranties.
MINI will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the electro-hydraulic power steering system, replacing the components and wiring, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 1, 2015.
Owners with questions about the recall can contact MINI customer service at (866) 825-1525.