BMW is recalling more than 13,000 MINI Cooper vehicles from the 2014 and 2015 model years. The issue? The cars' stated carrying carrying capacity is incorrect.
The good news is, the problem appears to weigh (sorry) in consumers' favor. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the MINI Cooper's tire information placard lists a maximum carrying weight that falls below the vehicle's capacity. In other words, the placard says that the tires can only accommodate X amount of weight, when they can really handle X-and-then-some.
There's no word on the Cooper's actual carrying capacity, but as long as owners stick to what's on their placards, they should be okay.
The recall is limited to 2014-2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop two-door models that were built between December 1, 2013 and December 14, 2014. BMW estimates that 13,130 vehicles in the U.S. are affected.
MINI says that it will mail recall notices no later than March 13, 2015. After receiving those notices in the mail, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a MINI dealer, who will replace the tire information placard with a corrected one.
If you believe that you own one of the vehicles listed above and have questions, you're encouraged to contact MINI customer service at 866-825-1525. Alternately, you can call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #15V034000.