WASHINGTON — BMW of North America is recalling 5,805 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop two-door cars because the spare wheel may separate from the vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The spare wheel may have been attached under the car with a nut that is not self-locking," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "Vibrations from driving may cause the nut to loosen, allowing the wheel to separate from the car. If the spare wheel separates from the vehicle, it could become a road hazard and increase the risk of a crash."
The company is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue, according to Mini spokeswoman Nathalie Bauters.
The affected cars were built from January 7, 2014 to July 21, 2014.
Mini dealers will replace the spare wheel securing nut with a self-locking nut. The recall will begin sometime in November. Owners can contact Mini at 1-866-275-6464.
Edmunds says: If you own a 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop, it's time to schedule a service appointment with your dealer.