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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,233 miles

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2002 Mini Cooper seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 242008


  • 92,000 miles


Driver side and head airbag deployed when a "bump" (pavement at different heights during repaving) in the road was hit by the vehicle.

- North Reading, MA, USA

problem #2

Jul 222008


  • 62,000 miles
2002 MINICooper S model. Airbag light stays on. Has been repaired many times and still stays on, deactivating safety features of the restraint system. This appears to be a very common problem with the MINIBMW needs to issue a recall I feel for our safety...

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #1

May 282003

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 8,700 miles
While driving the side air bags deployed. The vehicle was towed to the dealership. BMW of North America repurchased the vehicle.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

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