2005-'08 Mini Cooper Recalled for Airbag Problem | Edmunds

2005-'08 Mini Cooper Recalled for Airbag Problem


WASHINGTONBMW of North America is recalling 91,800 2005-?06 Mini Cooper and Cooper S vehicles and 2005-'08 Mini Cooper Convertible and Cooper S Convertible vehicles because the front passenger airbag may not deploy in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"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," said NHTSA in its recall summary.

BMW told federal safety regulators it has received one report of an "alleged injury possibly related to this defect."

The affected 2005-'06 Mini Cooper and Cooper S vehicles were built from January 5, 2005 to November 28, 2006. The affected 2005-'08 Mini Cooper Convertible and Cooper S Convertible vehicles were built from January 5, 2005 to July 31, 2008.

Mini dealers will replace the front passenger seat occupant detection mat. The recall is expected to begin on May 1. Owners may contact Mini customer service at 1-866-825-1525.

Edmunds says: Owners should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment. But if you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.

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