Failure to Meet Collision Standards Forces Mini Cooper Recall

Failure to Meet Collision Standards Forces Mini Cooper Recall
Image: BMW
July 29, 2015

One of the smallest cars on the road may not be keeping you safe in the event of a collision.

BMW of North America is recalling certain model year MINI Cooper vehicles due to the fact that they do not meet side impact performance requirements for rear seat passengers. This failure to comply puts the vehicles in violation of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 214, "Side Impact Protection. Rear seat passengers in affected vehicles face a higher risk of injury in the event of a crash.

BMW is recalling over 30,000 vehicles. The specific models listed in the recall are the 2014-2015 MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Hardtop 2 Door vehicles and 2015 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop 2 Door.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will install additional energy absorption material between the rear interior side panels and the exterior vehicle body, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 12, 2015. Customers may contact the company at (866) 825-1525.