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Recall 15V450000

Side Impact Protection Does Not Meet Performance Requirements

Recall Details

Rear seat passengers are at risk of injury in a side impact accident due to the vehicle construction and design. Dealers will install additional energy absorption material between the rear interior side panels and the exterior vehicle body free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

Certain requirements for vehicle side impact protection were not met when the vehicle was manufactured.  As a result, the rear seat passengers are at risk of injury from a side impact to the vehicle. 

What Should You Do?

Recalls on your Mini vehicle must be performed by a Mini dealership. Mini notified owners of affected vehicles in September, 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.

Body, Interior & Misc., July 17, 2015

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
July 17, 2015
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
30,456
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
15V450000
Component
STRUCTURE
Summary
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Hardtop 2 Door vehicles and 2015 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop 2 Door vehicles. 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."
Consequence
If the side impact performance requirements are not met, rear seat passengers may be at a higher risk of injury during a crash.
Remedy
MINI will notify owners, and dealers will install additional energy absorption material between the rear interior side panels and the exterior vehicle body, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 12, 2015. Owners may contact MINI customer service at 1-866-825-1525. Note: this recall supersedes 14V-815.
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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