BMW of North America has issued a recall recently for several MINI vehicles because of the Side Impact Protection.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are a total of 30,456 cars affected by this problem and the recall has been announced because they are not meeting the performance requirements in the side impact for the rear seat passengers, increasing the risk of an injury during crash.
“The affected vehicles do not meet the side impact performance requirements for the rear seat passengers. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 214, ‘Side Impact Protection’. If the side impact performance requirements are not met, rear seat passengers may be at a higher risk of injury during a crash”, says the NHTSA in its recall Summary and Consequence of the problem.
The affected cars are the 2014 and 2015 MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S hardtop 2-door, along with the 2015 MINI John Cooper Works hardtop 2-door. Owners of these models will be notified by MINI and the company’s dealers will be installing the additional energy absorption material, between the rear seat interior side panels and the exterior body, free of charge. The recall will begin on the 12th of September. For any extra details on the topic, owners can contact the MINI Customer Service at 1 866 825 1525 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1 888 327 4236.