While the Mini Clubman problem has nothing to do with the worldwide Takata airbag debacle, the company has decided to recall 7,810 units of the 2016-2017 Clubman in the United States due to a problem with the side curtain airbags.
The Mini Clubman is all new, but that doesn’t mean it’s really problem free – which is going to trash a bit the company’s image with its US customers. The affected Clubman models have been produced from August 19, 2015, through July 14, 2016. The company even issued a stop sale order on 4,867 of the wagons in order to have services repair them – with around 2,670 of them in dealer inventories. It appears that a perforated fabric cover that surrounds the side curtain airbag and should help with the safety device’s deployment is actually designed improperly. This could result in the wrong positioning of the airbag when activated – this is only common to the Clubman because the rest of the Mini range has a different side curtain airbag.
Mini was notified of the problem when its supplier Autoliv discovered during a test how the airbag failed to deploy correctly around the A pillar. The company concluded the perforations of the fabric cover might be the cause of the mishap. The automaker has said there are no reports of accidents or injuries related to the matter and the recall should start September 12 – when dealers are set to modify the side curtain air bag covers on the driver and passenger side.