BMW of North America has announced a recall for several model year MINIs because of a problem with their steering.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the affected cars may have temporary or permanent loss of electro hydraulic steering assistance and this can increase the effort required of turning the steering wheel at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.
“The affected vehicles may experience temporary or permanent loss of the electro-hydraulic steering assistance. The affected vehicles may experience temporary or permanent loss of the electro-hydraulic steering assistance”, says the NHTSA in its recall Summary and Consequence of the problem.
The affected MINI cars are the Cooper and Cooper S, from 2002 to 2005 model years, and the 2005 Cooper and Cooper S Convertibles, in 86,018 units. Owners of these cars will be contacted by MINI and the company’s dealers will be inspecting the electro hydraulic power steering system and replacing the components and wiring as necessary. The action will be performed free of charge to the owners. The recall should begin on the 1st of December. For any extra details on the subject, owners of the above mentioned models can contact MINI Customer Service at 1 866 825 1525 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1 888 327 4236.