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Recall 03V086000

Rear Strut Lower Mounting Fails

Recall Details

The lower mounting screws for the rear struts may fracture and cause the rear struts to loosen, and other mountings to weaken and also fail. Dealers will replace the lower screw connection of the rear struts free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The lower mounting for the rear struts may fail, and cause the struts to loosen, and eventually break entirely.

What Should You Do?

Mini notified owners of affected vehicles starting in April 2003. You can check with your dealer to see if your vehicle is involved in this program. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them.

Suspension & Steering, March 10, 2003

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
March 10, 2003
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
5,110
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
03V086000
Component
SUSPENSION
Summary
ON CERTAIN VEHICLES, THE LOWER SCREW CONNECTION OF THE REAR STRUTS TO THE CHASSIS MAY FAIL. THE HEAD (TOP) OF THE SCREW SECURING THIS CONNECTION MAY BREAK. THE REMAINING PORTION OF THE SCREW WILL STILL HOLD THE STRUT IN PLACE.
Consequence
IF LEFT UNATTENDED OVER A PERIOD OF TIME, AND DEPENDING ON DRIVING CONDITIONS, THE REMAINING PORTION OF THE SCREW MAY BREAK. IF IT BROKE, THE CHASSIS WOULD LEAN DIRECTLY ON THE TIRE DIMINISHING THE DRIVER'S ABILITY TO CONTROL THE VEHICLE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE LOWER SCREW CONNECTION OF THE REAR STRUTS. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN APRIL 7, 2003. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-831-1117.
Notify
CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
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