All about MINI Mini Safety Recalls

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This article provides information about official US safety recalls for the modern MINI. We intend to keep it up to date over time
  1. Steve
    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:

    https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/

    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:

    http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchSafetyIssues

    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.

    2002+

    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

    2003+

    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

    2004+

    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+

    2005 - 2006 R5X and to 2008 Convertible Recall - Seat Occupant Sensor

    Passenger seat sensor recall.

    2006+

    AUXILIARY WATER PUMP/POSSIBLE FIRE - various models manufactured late 2006 - early 2011

    This only applies to S models.

    Related:

    The MINI Recall and how it will affect you

    Recall too late?

    2007+

    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

    Related:
    MINI to Recall 88,911 2007-2011 S and JCW Models [/url]

    http://www.motoringalliance.com/pdf/MINI-Recall-Letter.pdf

    Kudos to M/A on the Recall News
    Canada: Transport Canada issuing a recall on 6,409 07-11 MINIs
    2010+

    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

    2014+

    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

    http://www.thedailytoggle.com/minis-recall-and-the-not-self-locking-nut/

    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

    2015+

    MINI Recalls 846 2015 Hardtop 2 Doors

    Seatback may Fold in Rear Impact Crash

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    Written by: Steve, Oct 28, 2015, MINI Safty Recalls,

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