The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced on its official website an investigation started on the Mini Cooper S in the United States after receiving some reports of engine fires which resulted in a total loss of the vehicle.
According to the NHTSA, the investigation includes about 36.000 units of the 2007 and 2008 model year Mini Cooper S in the US and the agency has decided to keep the vehicles under a close watch after receiving 12 reports of engine fires, including five that resulted in a total loss of the car.
The NHTSA says that out of the 12 reports, eight of them ended up on fire when the vehicles were parked and the engine turned off. The feds didn’t announce yet whether the 2007 and 2008 model year Mini Cooper S will be recalled to fix the issue.
The US division of BMW, Mini’s mother brand, didn’t say anything about the investigation but considering the fact that people’s lives are in stake, the NHTSA might start a recall of the Mini Cooper S and owners of the vehicles will have to take a trip back to the dealership.
Stay tuned for more details.