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12/28/15 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.

Inappropriate air bag activation/deactivation can increase the risk of occupant injury in the event of a vehicle crash.

Mini will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the front passenger seat cushion, free of charge. the recall began on december 28, 2015. owners may contact mini customer service at 1-866-825-1525 .

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.
12/28/15 BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling one model year 2016 mini cooper hardtop 2 door vehicle manufactured november 24, 2015, and one BMW x1 sports activity vehicle (sav) manufactured october, 19 2015. the steering gearbox may have been manufactured with incorrect parts.

A gearbox malfunction may cause a loss of vehicle control and increase the risk of a crash.

BMW will replace the steering gearbox, free of charge. affected vehicles are located in dealer inventory and will be remedied before customer retail. the recall began on december 28, 2015. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

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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11/25/15 BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 mini cooper s and mini cooper two-door vehicles, 2015-2016 mini john cooper works and mini cooper s and mini cooper four-door vehicles and 2014-2015 BMW i3 vehicles. due to a manufacturing error, the passenger frontal air bag may not deploy properly in a low speed crash. as such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard (fmvss) number 208, "occupant crash protection."

In the event of a vehicle crash, an air bag that does not deploy properly increases the risk of injury to the front seat passenger.

Mini and BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag module, free of charge. the recall began on november 25, 2015. owners may contact mini customer service at 1-866-825-1525 and BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

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.
02/04/15 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."

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.

Mini will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the transmission control module with the correct software, free of charge. the recall february 4, 2015. owners can contact mini customer service at 1-866-825-1525.

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.
02/29/12 BMW is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 mini cooper s, 2008-2011 mini cooper s clubman, 2009-2011 mini cooper s convertible, 2009-2011 mini cooper jcw, 2009-2011 mini cooper jcw clubman, 2009-2011 cooper jcw convertible, and 2011 cooper s countryman passenger cars manufactured from november 14, 2006, through january 18, 2011. the electric auxiliary water pump that cools the turbocharger has an electronic circuit board that can malfunction and overheat.

The circuit board may smolder which could result in a vehicle fire.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the water pump free of charge. the safety recall beganduring february 2012. owners may contact BMW at 1-866-275-6464.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
01/15/09 BMW is recalling 28,450 my 2007-2008 mini cooper s vehicles. the centrally located tailpipe extension protrudes slightly beyond the rear bumper. it is possible for inadvertent contact to occur with a person's leg.

If the tailpipe extension is hot during inadvertent contact, a burn could occur.

Dealers will replace the tailpipe with a new shorter tailpipe free of charge. the recall is expected to begin during january 2009. owners may contact BMW at 1-866-275-6464.

Customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
10/16/08 BMW is recalling 560 my 2009 jcw (john cooper works) and jcw clubman vehicles equipped with 16 inch diameter front brake discs rather than 17 inch discs. under conditions of intense brake usage, braking performance would be reduced.

Depending on traffic and road conditions, as well as a driver's reactions, reduced brake performance could increase the risk of a crash.

Dealers will inspect the front brake discs and pads and, if necessary, replace them. the recall began on october 16, 2008. owners may contact BMW/mini at 1-866-275-6464 or by e-mail at mini.assistance@askminiusa.com..

Customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
10/13/04 On certain passenger vehicles, the flat tire monitoring system has not been correctly programmed. in the event of a flat tire, an audible signal will not sound to alert the driver to a flat tire.

Due to the lack of an audible signal, the driver may not be aware of a flat tire, which could increase the risk of a crash.

Dealers will reprogram the vehicle's software in order to actuate the flat tire monitoring system's audible signal. the recall began october 13, 2004. owners should contact mini customer relations at 1-866-275-6464.

Customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
08/06/02 On certain passenger vehicles equipped with manual transmissions, the transmission shift cable connects the gearshift lever in the vehicle interior to the shift linkage on the transmission. it is possible for the shift cable to detach from the transmission shift linkage while the driver is attempting to change gears. if the cable detaches from the shift linkage, gear changes will no longer be possible and the transmission will remain in the last gear selected.

If shift cable detachment occurs and the transmission remains in any forward gear, the vehicle can still be driven in that gear only. however, if the transmission moves into neutral and remains there, the ability to accelerate or maintain speed will be lost, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will inspect the shift cable and, if necessary, install a retaining clip over the end of the shift cable to prevent it from detaching from the transmission. owner notification began august 6, 2002. 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 1-866-ask-mini (1-866-275-6464).

Also, customers can contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
03/04/16 Suspension and Steering BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2002-2005 mini cooper and cooper s vehicles and 2005 cooper and cooper s convertible vehicles. the affected vehicles may experience temporary or permanent loss of the electro-hydraulic steering assistance.

If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required at lower speeds, potentially increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Mini will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the electro-hydraulic power steering system, replacing the components and wiring, as necessary, free of charge. interim notices were mailed to owners on december 10, 2015. owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. owners may contact mini customer service at 1-866-825-1525.

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.
04/04/03 Suspension and Steering 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.

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.

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.

Customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
05/19/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain 2016-2017 mini cooper clubman, cooper s clubman and jcw clubman vehicles. when the affected vehicles are braking and the turn signals are on, the inner, bumper-mounted, brake light will go out. as such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard (fmvss) number 108, "lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment."

If the brake light does not illuminate when a turn signal is activated, other drivers may be confused, increasing the risk of a crash.

Mini will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the vehicle to correct the brake lighting, free of charge. the recall began may 22, 2017. owners may contact mini customer service at 1-866-825-1525.

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.
02/10/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2017 BMW 640i, 640i xdrive, 650i, 650i xdrive, m6, 535i, 535i xdrive, 430i, 430i xdrive, 440i, 440i xdrive, m4, x1 sdrive28i, x1 xdrive28i, i3, i8, rolls-royce dawn, mini clubman cooper, clubman cooper s, cooper all4, cooper s all4, mini 4-door cooper, cooper s, mini 2-door cooper, cooper s, john cooper works and 2016 BMW 528i, 528i xdrive, 535i, 535i xdrive, 550i, 550i xdrive, m5 and 535d vehicles. the affected vehicles have seat- mounted side air bag inflator initiators that may fail to ignite during a crash.

If the air bag inflator initiator fails to ignite, the seat-mounted air bag will not deploy, increasing the risk of injury.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag modules, free of charge. the recall began february 6, 2017. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

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.
10/12/15 Electrical and Air Conditioning 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.

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.

Mini will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger seat occupant detection mat, free of charge. the recall began on october 12, 2015. owners may contact mini customer service at 1-866-825-1525.

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.
09/08/14 Electrical and Air Conditioning BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling a certain model year BMW i3 vehicle manufactured march 31, 2014, and certain 2014 mini cooper hardtop vehicles manufactured february 2, 2014 to may 30, 2014. the affected vehicles may have been manufactured with an air bag inflator that was not assembled correctly. this could cause the air bag to not deploy properly in the event of an accident.

If the air bag deploys improperly in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the air bags, the seat occupant may be at an increased risk of injury.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger side air bag, free of charge. the recall began in september 2014. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

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.
12/28/15 Other 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.

Inappropriate air bag activation/deactivation can increase the risk of occupant injury in the event of a vehicle crash.

Mini will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the front passenger seat cushion, free of charge. the recall began on december 28, 2015. owners may contact mini customer service at 1-866-825-1525 .

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.
10/15/15 Other BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 mini cooper hardtop two door vehicles manufactured december 1, 2013, to december 14, 2014. the affected vehicles may have been manufactured with an incorrect maximum capacity weight stated on the tire information placard. thus, these vehicles fail to comply with federal motor vehicle safety standard (fmvss) no. 110, "tire selection and rims and motor home/recreation vehicle trailer load carrying capacity information for motor vehicles with a gvwr of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less."

The maximum weight listed on the label is incorrect (too low) and therefore does not comply with federal regulations.

Mini will notify owners, and dealers will replace the incorrect labels with corrected labels, free of charge. owners were mailed interim notification on march 18, 2015. the recall began on october 15, 2015. owners may contact mini customer service at 1-866-825-1525.

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.
12/29/14 Other BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2015 mini cooper hardtop 2 door vehicles manufactured august 12, 2014, to september 2, 2014. in the affected vehicles, the driver and front passenger seatback adjustment mechanism may not be fully engaged.

If the seatback adjustment mechanism is not fully engaged, the seatback may fold during a rear impact collision, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant.

Mini will notify owners, and dealers will re-align and re-tighten the seatback adjustment mechanisms, free of charge. the recall began december 29, 2014. owners can contact mini customer service at 1-866-825-1525.

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.
11/20/14 Other BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 mini cooper hardtop 2-door vehicles manufactured january 7, 2014, to july 21, 2014. the spare wheel may have been attached under the car with a nut that is not self-locking.

Vibrations from driving may cause the nut to loosen, allowing the wheel to separate from the car. if the spare wheel separates from the vehicle, it could become a road hazard and increase the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the spare wheel securing nut with a self-locking nut, free of charge. the recall began on november 20, 2014. owners may contact mini customer service at 1-866-275-6464.

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.
03/04/10 Other BMW is recalling certain model year 2010 mini cooper and cooper s vehicles for failing comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 110, "tire selection and rims." the affected vehicles were equipped with 17 inch wheels, but their label states that they were equipped with 16 inch wheels. also the tire pressure stated on the label for the cooper s is incorrect.

Erroneous tire information could lead to improper tire fitment and inflation which could affect the durability of the tire and the stability of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will mail to consumers the corrected label or the customer will have the option for dealers to install the label free of charge. the recall began on march 4, 2010. owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
11/30/05 Other Certain passenger vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 110, 'tire selection and rims.' the standard requires that the relationship between the tire size and maximum tire pressure be indicated on the vehicle's tire information label. this relationship is not present.

Too low or too high tire pressure can cause premature wear and/or tire damage, and could lead to unfavorable driving conditions.

Owners will be provided with new tire information placards and installation instructions. at the customer's option, a dealer can perform the installation for them. the recall began on november 30, 2005. owners may contact mini at 1-866-275-6464.

Customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

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Mini Hardtop Recalls

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.