MINI has issued a recall recently for the Cooper models because of a problem with their airbags.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are a total of 91,800 units of the supermini which have been affected by this recall. The issue has been noticed in the front passenger seat occupant detection which may not function properly and this basically means that in the event of a crash, the airbag will not deploy, increasing the risk of injury.
“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 in a crash. 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 crash, the air bag will not deploy, increasing the passenger’s risk of injury”, said the NHTSA in its recall summary of the problem.
The affected vehicles are the 2005-2006 MINI Cooper and Cooper S, which have been put together between January 5, 2005 and November 28, 2006, and the 2005-2008 MINI Cooper Convertible and Cooper S Convertible, assembled between January 5, 2005, and July 31, 2008. Owners of these cars will be notified by the company and the dealers will be replacing the front passenger seat occupant detection mat, free of charge. For any extra details on the topic, owners can contact the MINI Customer Service at 1-866-825-1525 and the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236. The recall should begin on the 1st of May.