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Recall 15V205000

Front Passenger Air Bag May Not Deploy

Recall Details

The occupant detection mat sensor can malfunction, preventing the passenger side front air bag from deploying in a crash. Mini will replace the front passenger seat occupant detection mat free of charge to correct the concern.

Our Quick Take

The passenger seat occupant sensor can malfunction, preventing the passenger side front air bag from deploying in a crash.

What Should You Do?

Mini will contact owners of affected vehicles starting in May 2015. Additionally, you may contact your dealership to see if your vehicle is affected. The dealership may ask for your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), so please have it on hand when you contact them.

Body, Interior & Misc., April 06, 2015

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
April 06, 2015
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
91,800
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
15V205000
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2005-2006 MINI Cooper and Cooper S vehicles manufactured January 5, 2005, to November 28, 2006, and 2005-2008 MINI Cooper Convertible and Cooper S Convertible vehicles manufactured January 5, 2005, to July 31, 2008. 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.
Consequence
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.
Remedy
MINI will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger seat occupant detection mat, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 1, 2015. Owners may 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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