WASHINGTON — BMW 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.
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.