BMW USA announced this week that is recalling over 30,000 2014-15 MINI Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works vehicles, based on a structural defect that keeps it from meeting the NHTSA requirements for protection of occupants during a side-impact collision.
The new recall is a follow-on to a recall from December 2014 for a similar defect in other models. Both NHTSA and BMW say they have no knowledge of any injuries resulting from this defect. As usual, MINI will be contacting owners, and owners or prospective owners of MINI vehicles can find out if a vehicle is within the VIN range covered by the recall by simply going to safercar.gov and entering the VIN of their vehicle.
According to the safercar website, 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.
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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