NHTSA Safety Recall Update: April 27, 2015

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MINIAnother week has elapsed and more updates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have been issued. This week’s crop only includes one entry that approaches 100,000-units. This time it is BMW of North America under the gun, with several of their popular MINI sports cars. Log onto BestRide.com frequently for the latest safety recall updates from the NHTSA as well as automotive news and views and millions of listings for new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.

Remember to look inside of the driver door jamb (most vehicles) to find the production date (Month/Year) of your vehicle. This information will aid you in determining whether or not your ride is currently under a manufacturer’s recall.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V205000
BMW Recall Campaign Number:

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2005-2006 MINI Cooper and Cooper S vehicles manufactured from January 5, 2005 through November 28, 2006 and 2005-2008 MINI Cooper Convertible and Cooper S Convertible vehicles manufactured from January 5, 2005 through July 31, 2008. Approximately 91,800 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: 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 air bag may not deploy during a motor vehicle crash.

Concern: An improperly functioning mat may cause the passenger frontal air bag to be inactive when the seat is occupied, and in the event of a motor vehicle crash, the air bag will not deploy, increasing the passenger’s risk of injury.

Correction: BMW will notify owners with detailed instructions for locating qualified dealers that will replace the front passenger seat occupant detection mat, free of charge. This recall is expected to begin May 1, 2015. Owners may contact BMW/MINI customer service at 1-866-825-1525.

NOTE: Avoid aggressive driving maneuvers in vehicles affected by this condition, until the condition is rectified. Always wear your safety belts.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.