This article provides information about official US safety recalls for the modern MINI. We intend to keep it up to date over time so consider it continuously UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
The listings are ordered chronologically based on the first model year included in the recall.
You may also find warranty extensions and anything else related that seems relevant.
Visit the related forum thread if you have any questions or comments. Also, please let us know (either in that thread or a pertinent thread linked therein) if you have additional information or know of anything missed here, either new or old.
Before we get to the specific recalls, let's start with some helpful tools available on the web.
MINI has a search page for OPEN safety recalls, just punch in your VIN:
Find Open Recalls
I think 'open' means if there is a recall associated with your MINI it will only show up in the search results if it has NOT already been repaired. I imagine this would be particularly helpful if you bought a used MINI and would like to know whether the previous owner(s) kept up. On the other hand, I'm the original owner of an '07 Honda Element and recently used the govt's similar VIN search to learn there are three open recalls and I haven't been notified by Honda about any of them...and one is for the brakes and was issued more than five years ago! Moral of the story: don't assume you know, check the database!
If you don't trust MINI, try the government's version:
Do yourself a favor and read the lists in the box below the VIN search tool to learn what the tool does and does not cover.
If you don't find any recall info but you're still suspicious or would like to know whether others have been reporting particular safety issues for which there aren't yet any recalls, here's another tool from the gov't that allows you to search more generally for reported safety issues by year, make and model:
Read carefully on that opening page and you'll notice there's also a way you can make your own safety complaint.
Okay, let's get to that list.
It is possible for the shift cable to detach from the manual transmission shift linkage while the driver is attempting to change gears: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/results.cfm?SearchType=QuickSearch&rcl_ID=02V201000&summary=true
Canada only for this one: http://www.motoringalliance.com/forums/mini-news/12014-r50-r52-r53-steering-pumps-recalled-canada.html
And here we have a warranty extension for the same for the U.S.: http://www.motoringalliance.com/forums/mini-news/18080-mini-extends-power-steering-pump-warranty-1st-gen-models.html
Which later turned into a full fledged recall: Recall for Power Steering for First-Generation MINIs
The lower screw connection of the rear struts to the chassis may fail. The head (top) of the screw securing this connection may break: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchResults?searchType=ID&targetCategory=R&searchCriteria.nhtsa_ids=03V086000
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: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchResults?searchType=ID&targetCategory=R&searchCriteria.nhtsa_ids=04V348000
2005 - 2006 R5X and to 2008 Convertible Recall - Seat Occupant Sensor
Passenger seat sensor recall.
AUXILIARY WATER PUMP/POSSIBLE FIRE - various models manufactured late 2006 - early 2011
This only applies to S models.
The MINI Recall and how it will affect you
Recall too late?
R56 High Pressure Fuel Pump Warranty Extension
Tailpipe extension protrudes and could cause a burn in the case of inadvertent contact with a person's leg: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/recallresults.cfm?start=1&SearchType=QuickSearch&rcl_ID=08V657000
Water pump recall for all 2007 – 2011 R5x and R60 MINI Coopers with the turbo charged engine
MINI to Recall 88,911 2007-2011 S and JCW Models [/url]
Kudos to M/A on the Recall News
Canada: Transport Canada issuing a recall on 6,409 07-11 MINIs
Erroneous tire information could lead to improper tire fitment and inflation: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchResults?searchType=ID&targetCategory=R&searchCriteria.nhtsa_ids=09V474000
Inappropriate air bag activation/deactivation can increase the risk of occupant injury in the event of a vehicle crash
MINI Recalls Coopers with Spare Tires that fall from Cars
F56 Recall Prevents You from Exiting Car Not in Park
Recall to Address 2014 Side Impact Standards
MINI Recalls 30,456 2014-15 Hardtops to Address Side Impact Protection
Related: Did MINI’s Side Impact Recall Not Happen Fast Enough?
BMW Reaches Resolution With NHTSA on Investigation of Timeliness of MINI Recall
Passenger frontal air bag may not deploy properly in a low speed crash: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchResults?searchType=ID&targetCategory=R&searchCriteria.nhtsa_ids=15V628000
Looks similar, but it's a different recall: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchResults?searchType=ID&targetCategory=R&searchCriteria.nhtsa_ids=15V739000&refurl=rss
Update: MINIs Recalled for Incorrect Sticker
MINI Recalls 846 2015 Hardtop 2 Doors
Seatback may Fold in Rear Impact Crash