• Mini Recall 30k Hardtops To Improve Side Impact

    I don't know about anybody else but I think they should recall all new minis, sit on the naughty step and think about what they've done lol.

    Press Release

    RECALL Subject : Side Impact Crash Worthiness/FMVSS 214

    Report Receipt Date: JUL 17, 2015
    NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V450000
    Component(s): STRUCTURE
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 30,456
    All Products Associated with this Recall
    Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
    MINI COOPER 2014-2015
    MINI COOPER S 2014-2015


    Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC

    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."

    If the side impact performance requirements are not met, rear seat passengers may be at a higher risk of injury during a crash.

    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.

    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.

    BMW Statement:

    BMW recently has informed NHTSA of the company's intention to expand a previous safety recall filed in December 2014 to include additional Model Year 2014-2015 MINI Hardtop 2 Door Cooper and Cooper S as well as Model Year 2015 John Cooper Works vehicles produced from December 2013 through March 2015.

    Owners and lessees of affected vehicles will receive a letter via First Class mail asking them to schedule an appointment with their authorized MINI dealer where additional energy absorbing material will be added between the vehicle's rear interior side panel and the body. The update may take approximately four hours; however, additional time may be required depending upon the MINI dealer's schedule.

    The company is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. TransAmDan's Avatar
      TransAmDan -
      You'd think with all that extra size they have added, it was protection like side impact stuff, air-bags in the doors etc..
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      So what had all the extra size added? Certainly not character!
      There is only one car I hate more, I won't mention the car but will say Ferdinand and Adolf had a lot to do with it.
    1. renchero's Avatar
      renchero -
      must be the worst car ever made. my kid had one, in 5 years it got through 4 clutches and 4 gearboxes also had cheapo plastic interior told them if they ever bough another,not only would i not fix it i don't wont to see parked on the drive.