BMW of North America has issued another safety recall for MINI cooper models. This time the affected vehicles are Cooper Hardtop 2-door and Cooper S Hardtop 2-door vehicles built from January 6, 2014 to October 17, 2014.
It appears as though incorrect programming of the transmission control unit software may have occurred, allowing drivers to exit the car without placing the transmission in park. This could result in the vehicle rolling away, and results in these vehicles being out of compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for rollaway and theft prevention.
According to the documentation provided by BMW, the affected vehicles were inadvertently programmed using a non-USA version of the software. On vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions, this allows the vehicle to be turned off without first placing the transmission in Park.
At the time of this writing, according to the BMW, there have been no reported accidents or injuries related to this issue.
Per the NHTSA site, MINI will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the transmission control module with the correct software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on February 1, 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.
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