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Recall 14V789000

Driver's Can Exit Vehicle When Not Shifted To Park

Recall Details

The transmission control unit may have been erroneously programmed to allow the vehicle to be exited while not shifted to the park position. Dealers will reprogram the transmission control module with the correct software free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The transmission may have been programmed erroneously to allow the driver to exit the vehicle when it is not shifted to park. This could allow the vehicle to roll unexpectedly, resulting in injury or an accident.

What Should You Do?

Recalls on your Mini must be performed by a Mini dealership. Mini began notifying known owners of affected vehicles in February, 2015. If you did not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Mini dealerships. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Drive Train, December 15, 2014

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
December 15, 2014
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
1,928
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
14V789000
Component
POWER TRAIN
Summary
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door, and Cooper S Hardtop 2 Door vehicles manufactured January 6, 2014, to October 17, 2014. During service appointments, dealers may have inadvertently reprogrammed the transmission control unit with software that may allow drivers to exit the vehicle when the transmission is not in Park. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
Consequence
If the driver exits the vehicle without the transmission being in Park, the vehicle could roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Remedy
MINI will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the transmission control module with the correct software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on February 1, 2015. Owners can contact MINI customer service at 1-866-825-1525.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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