BMW has issued a recall for select MINI vehicles from the 2014 and 2015 model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles were improperly constructed and provide less protection for occupants during collisions than is required by law.
The flaw poses a hazard to rear-seat passengers. NHTSA documents indicate that the models involved in the recall weren't built with enough material to reduce the effect of side-impact collisions. That's made abundantly clear in the fix described:
Additional energy absorption material between the rear interior side panels and the exterior vehicle body will be installed. Vehicles produced prior to May 15, 2014 will, in addition, be further modified by adding a small foam patch between the rear interior side panels and the exterior vehicle body.
The recall affects the following models:
- 2014-2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop Two-Door
- 2014-2015 MINI Cooper S Hardtop Two-Door
- 2015 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop Two-Door
All told, 30,456 MINI vehicles registered in the U.S. are involved in the recall.
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BMW and MINI will mail recall notices to owners around September 12, 2015. After receiving those notices, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a MINI dealer, who will carry out the repair(s) at no charge.
Questions? Contact MINI customer service at 866-825-1525, or call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #15V450000.