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Recall 15V739000

Passenger Frontal Air Bag May Be Disabled In Error

Recall Details

The passenger front seat cushion which contains a sensor that detects a passenger sitting in it may malfunction and cause the passenger frontal air bag to not operate as designed. Dealers will replace the front passenger seat cushion free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The front passenger seat cushion which contains a sensor that determines if there is an adult sitting in the seat may malfunction, and cause the passenger frontal air bag to be deactivated or activated for use at inappropriate times. This could cause increased risk of injury during a crash.

What Should You Do?

Recalls on your Mini must be performed by a Mini dealership. Mini will notify owners of affected vehicles in December, 2015. If you do 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., November 09, 2015

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
November 09, 2015
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
38
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
15V739000
Component
AIR BAGS , SEATS
Summary
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 door vehicles manufactured February 25, 2014, to May 16, 2015, 2014-2015 MINI Cooper S Hardtop 2 door vehicles manufactured March 28, 2014, to May 9, 2015, 2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 door vehicles manufactured October 17, 2014, to June 2, 2015, and 2015 MINI Cooper S Hardtop 4 door vehicles manufactured November 24, 2014, to June 11, 2015. During a service appointment, the affected vehicles received replacement front passenger seat cushions (which contain integral Capacitive Interior Sensing (CIS) functions). The CIS functions may have been incorrectly calibrated, and if so, would cause impaired occupant classification and thus inappropriate air bag activation/deactivation.
Consequence
Inappropriate air bag activation/deactivation can increase the risk of occupant injury in the event of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
MINI will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger seat cushion, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 28, 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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