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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,486 miles

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2006 Mini Cooper seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Mini Cooper Owner Comments (Page 4 of 9)

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problem #112

Jul 012013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


Occupancy sensor mat bad and passenger air bag disabled light on. A known issue and BMW autos and SUVS have been recalled for this issue. I believe the MINIpassenger seat occupancy sensor mat is the same design as the BMW 3 series and should also be recalled. From what I understand, this disables the passenger airbag putting a passenger in danger. The BMW recall campaign is no. 13V-564.

- Munster, IN, USA

problem #111

Apr 012014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
Passenger seat occupancy sensor stop working- causing air bag in passenger seat to shut off. No way to override and seat sensor cost over $1300 to replace. I understand this very common with Coopers in this date range. Very similar seat sensors for the BMW model has been recalled but not the version for the MINIthat is failing. Seems like design flaw that should be recalled.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #110

Apr 012010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • miles
Airbag sensor failure in passenger seat. Passenger airbag light is on.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #109

Jul 252012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles


38,000 miles: Air bag warning light for passenger side seat stays illuminated. Air bag warning light remains on after vehicle has started and does not turn off. 54,900 miles: Aisin automatic transmission - automatic transmission failed thereby making the car inoperable. The car showed signs of gear change slipping between 2nd and 3rd gears. Transmission diagnosis, catastrophic failure of manual valve body and internal gears. Required a complete transmission rebuild.

- Astoria, NY, USA

problem #108

Jun 012012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 43,001 miles
Passenger seat air bag warning indicator shows air bag disabled intermittently, even when seat is occupied by full sized adult (over 140 pounds). This means my passenger is at risk of severe injury in case of crash, as the air bag is disabled. In addition to the above, the light is off and on intermittently even when the seat is not occupied. Ditto if a 5 pound lunch box is on the seat. BMW/MINIrefuses to correct this significant safety defect in minis, even though they are making free repairs for the same problem in many bmws of similar years, and have even made an warranty extension of many years and unlimited miles for affected bmws.

- Barboursville, VA, USA

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problem #107

Nov 202013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Air bag light came on after small pass used the seat and did not go off. After that the light would go off for a while and then come back on. I had it looked by my mechanic and was told it was the seat mat. He cleared the light and it lasted for a couple of weeks. The cost of the part to him was $1400 plus labor. I received a safety recall for the same problem for my 2006 BMW. I received another letter from BMW and miss read it thinking it was for the MINICooper. I made an appointment with the MINICooper dealer in my area (raleigh nc) and was told when I showed up that the part was not under recall. I did not have the seat replaced at my cost since it is clearly a safety issue caused by a factory defect. I do not understand how it can be a covered defect in one BMW product and not in another when it is the same problem.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #106

May 062013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


Passenger air bag warning light stays on all the time. Dealer and independent repair shop say the seat sensor need to be replaced. It is located in the seat and the whole seat needs to be replaced. Estimated cost $1200. To 1500. Us dollars. The passenger seat is rarely used. The repair is not covered by warranty. I don't know if the air bag will deploy. Apparently all BMW's were recalled for this problem but not the MINIcoopers which according to posted threads are also experiencing the same problem.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #105

Dec 302013


  • 16,000 miles
Passenger airbag warning light keeps flickering on and off. This happens a lot.

- Knightdale, NC, USA

problem #104

Aug 012013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Passenger seat occupancy sensor SRS light failed while one of my friend was trying to be seated in my car.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #103

Dec 012011


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper. The contact stated that the air bag sensor illuminated intermittently over an extended period of time. An authorized dealer stated that the failure was caused by the floor sensor mat. The vehicle was scheduled for diagnostic testing and to be repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #102

May 052014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles


Airbag failure light came on... after researching this problem, this is a known issue but the manufacturer will not cover this under warranty. $700 to diagnose and fix the issue (conservative estimate) called MINIusa, and they will not issue a recall even though thousands of people have had the same issue.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #101

May 012014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The passenger airbag disabled light turns on intermittently, even when the passenger seat is occupied by an adult. The airbag might not deploy in an accident. The problem is caused by a faulty passenger seat occupancy sensor mat in the seat cushion. It failed once before and was replaced by the car dealer. Now the replacement sensor mat is also failing.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #100

Apr 012013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Passenger seat occupancy sensor illuminates at all times indicating no passenger even when passenger is present, thereby preventing the airbag from deploying in an accident. This incident is extremely widespread and found on countless blogs on the internet. At this point, people are completely disabling the system through a device found online just to turn the light off - meanwhile putting their passengers at risk. BMW (manufacturer of MINIhas recalled the same item on numerous BMW's and extended the warranty on those parts due to the inherent safety concerns. How this has not been recalled yet or looked past for the MINIis completely baffling. Somebody appears to not be doing their job! so along with the other multiple posts on this particular site, I would like to add mine and request please that somebody look into this safety issue that is repeatedly costing MINIcustomers large sums of money or their safety. This is ridiculous. Thank you.

- Edina, MN, USA

problem #99

Feb 012013


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the local mechanic who performed a diagnostic which located a failure code at the front passenger seat sensor. The passenger front seat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 89,200.

- Miami , FL, USA

problem #98

Nov 152013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 87,980 miles
The air bag system warning light in the gauge cluster is lit at all times and makes the car chime all the time too. The dealership tells me that this is because the sensor mat in the passenger seat has failed and must be replaced. The dealership also tells me that all of the air bags in the car are disabled as long as the warning light is on, putting all passengers in the vehicle in danger of sustaining greater injuries in the event of a crash. These cars are made by BMW, which has acknowledged the same problem in their own cars, and have recalled over 200,000 BMW's to fix it. I feel that they should be required to address this problem in MINIcoopers, too.

- Liberty, UT, USA

problem #97

Oct 162012


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper S. the contact stated that the front passenger's air bag warning light on the rearview mirror was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the seat pad sensor needed to be replaced. No repairs were performed to the vehicle. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 54,000 and the current mile was 67,000.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #96

Mar 282014


  • 106,000 miles
Airbag warning light on dash is illuminated after moving passenger seat back and forth. Unable to clear the light.

- Cedar Crest, NM, USA

problem #95

Dec 012009

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
An electronic board in the passenger front seat malfunctions causing the front passenger air bag to become disabled. Apparently, from all of the comments on the internet and your site, this problem is well known in that the electronic board has a flawed components. A replacement board from MINIwill also fail within time because no modifications or improvements have been made to this board. I have reviewed the complaints to the NHTSA and yet your organization has failed to require a recall.

- Cockeysville, MD, USA

problem #94

Jul 012013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Passenger seat airbag sensor has triggered the red airbag light on the dash board instrument cluster. Currently I am driving a vehicle without operating airbags as it is $1,000 for the part. It was already replaced twice in the past under warranty. I read that BMW just issued a recall for the passenger seat airbag sensor for their cars but not the MINIwhich is owned by BMW. Hopefully I am not going to fast when the power steering motor burns out...

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #93

Feb 012014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
My 2006 MINICooper air bag lights (passenger seat light as well as dash board air bag system lights) are intermittently coming on and staying on when I start my MINIThe dashboard light apparently comes on when a fault is detected in the airbag system, and as a result the system is deactivated. This is very serious since I'm now driving in a MINICooper with no airbag protection. The seat light indicates the passenger air bag is turned off due to someone of light weight sitting in the passenger seat. This light is now coming on with any average adult or no one at all sitting in that seat. I decided to check the internet for this issue and was shocked to see how many people had the same issue. Even more shocking was repair cost for this issue. Dealers are charging customers $1000 to $2000 to replace the passenger seat sensor which appears to be the most common culprit. Instead of replacing the sensor itself, the entire seat needs to be replaced. Even saw some customers had the same issue reoccur 1 to 2 years after this fix. Spoke to my local BMW/MINIdealership who acknowledged that BMW had the same issue which is now under recall, but MINIdoes not have a recall. This issue needs to be recalled and fixed... someone is going to get killed because of it! I love MINIbut am highly disappointed with how this issue is being handled. My daughter wants to buy a MINII will strongly recommend she does not.

- Hamilton, VA, USA

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