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10.0

really awful
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 7 of 9)

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problem #52

Oct 012012

Cooper

  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The passenger seat occupancy sensor is weak and prone to failure. MINIdoes not cover replacement and charges $1200-$2000 to replace the part leading many owners, including myself to drive the car in an unsafe condition (low speed or non deploying airbags).

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #51

Aug 072012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 81,662 miles
The passenger airbag warning light indicates there is a problem with the passenger airbag system. The light illuminates continuously whether a passenger is in the seat or not indicating that the airbag is turned off for the passenger. MINICooper denies any problem with their safety airbag system, yet there are many people complaining about having the same issues. The problem occurred shortly after the warranty ran out.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #50

Jul 062012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 43,600 miles
The passenger side air bag sensor warning lights stay on all the time that ignition is on, even when no one is in the seat. You can sit in the seat and the light stays on. My concern is whether or not the air bag will still function.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #49

Aug 162012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 59,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Airbag warning light indicates system is either off or inoperative - it does not matter if someone is sitting on the passenger seat or not. The airbag light is always on. After reviewing numerous complaints on MINIforums, it appears that the problem is common and due to a defective sensor under the seat cover. Since I rarely carry passengers, this condition is definitely not due to wear and tear. As it stands, I have no way to ascertain if the air bag will deploy in an accident situation. This could cause serious injury to anyone riding in the passenger seat or even the driver. A low mileage vehicle or even an older vehicle should not have this type of safety issue. MINIcustomer support offered no help due to car being out of warranty. Independent shop is doing the repair for $1210 due to lack of confidence in MINI

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #48

Aug 132012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper S. the contact was traveling 40 mph when the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the air bag sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages was 42,000. Updated 08/29/12 updated 08/29/12

- Gulf Port, FL, USA

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problem #47

Nov 162010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 44,750 miles
Airbag warning light indicates system is either off or inoperative - it does not matter if someone is sitting on the seat or not. The airbag light is always on. After reviewing numerous complaints on MINIforums, it appears that the problem is common and due to a defective sensor under the seat cover. Since I rarely carry passengers, this condition is definitely not due to wear and tear. As it stands, I have no way to ascertain if the air bag will deploy in an accident situation. This could cause serious injury to anyone riding in the passenger seat or even the driver. A low mileage vehicle or even an older vehicle should not have this type of safety issue.

- Pearl City, HI, USA

problem #46

May 012012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Our 2006 MINICooper hatchback's passenger side air bag indicator stays on with or without a passenger. Sometimes with a passenger, it will go on and off sporadically. If the light is on when there is a passenger it would be logical to assume that the airbag will not deploy. After researching this problem on the internet, it would appear that this problem is wide-spread and dangerous.

- Vega Baja, PR, USA

problem #45

Jul 232012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 63,055 miles
The SRS detector mat for turning off the airbags in the event of an underweight occupant is easily broken. When broken, sensors disable the airbags. This part is extremely expensive to replace and I can not afford it on a fixed income ($1600). This is a safety issue and should be a recall. The mat has issues: 1) very prone to failure and 2) integrated into the seat cushion so it can not be replaced itself, it must have the seat cushion replaced also. My model is a special edition and there are no parts in the usa. 11 in germany at a very high price.

- Southport, NC, USA

problem #44

Jul 152012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Passenger seat occupancy sensor is defective. The passenger seat air bag light illuminates after engine start along with the red air bag failure warning light. Doesn't matter if seat occupied or not. This is a safety hazard due to disabling air bag. MINIdealers deny this is a manufacturing defect or design problem yet there are over 40 complaints on this forum. Repair costs are substantial to replace bottom seat cushion. A modification kit or retrofit to replace defective seat mat is needed.

- Felton, DE, USA

problem #43

Jul 182011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 48,500 miles
Our 2006 MINICooper hatchback's passenger side air bag indicator stays on with or without a passenger. Sometimes with a passenger, it will go on and off sporadically. If the light is on when there is a passenger it would be logical to assume that the airbag will not deploy. After researching this problem on the internet, it would appear that this problem is wide-spread and dangerous.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #42

Jun 082012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The right front occupant sensor for air bag appears to be defective. It had to be replaced. We have heard of several MINICooper's that have defective seat sensors. When this sensor fails, the air bags may not deploy as designed. This is a safety system failure. Cost to replace this sensor was over $1,400.

- N Wilkesboro, NC, USA

problem #41

Jul 112012

Cooper

  • 37,165 miles
Issues with airbag light in 2006 MINICooper S, when someone is in the seat if they are not sitting just the right way the light will go on, warning us the airbag is deactivated, sometimes the airbag light will go on for the passenger seat with nobody in the seat. Sometimes the seatbelt warning light will come on with no one in the seat as well. Moving the seat will sometimes correct the issue. Complaints to MINIand dealer were on deaf ears. [xxx] I copied and pasted the complaint, but my problem is exactly the same. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Dubuque, IA, USA

problem #40

Jun 272012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 24,130 miles
Over the course of the past six months the SRS light was intermittently coming on. In the past few weeks it finally came on and stayed on. I took to the local BMW/MINIdealer and they assessed it for $167. Then I was told it was a passenger seat sensor issue and the cost of the part and labor would be approximately $1100. I did some research on the matter and realized that dozens if not hundreds of MINIowners have had the same problems with the sensors, seats and lights dating back to 2003+. seems to me that if it's been an issue that their so called engineering department might resolve the problems without costing owners this kind of money. I think its a rip job by the dealers and a failure of the engineers at MINIto resolve the problem. Cost for such a repair should be on them. I will make sure to report to anyone that will listen to stay away from the purchase of these cars due to the potential for future problems.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #39

Jun 172012

Cooper

  • 53,000 miles
Unfastened seat belt warning light stays on and airbag off indicator stays lit at all times, with or without a passenger riding in the seat no matter the weight of the passenger. Unfastened seat belt warning bell/ding does not chime.

- Commerce, MI, USA

problem #38

May 022011

Cooper

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper S. the contact stated that the front passenger side air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the passenger seat air bag sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were unknown.

- Belmont , CA, USA

problem #37

May 112010

Cooper

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, he noticed that the air bag light was illuminated on the instrument panel. The light remained illuminated whenever the vehicle was in motion. The dealer was not notified. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #36

May 042012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 114,890 miles
The air bag light came on for 2nd time. The 1st. Was 08-11-10 @ 81,539 miles.the control unit for the air bag was replaced. Pn: 65-77-184-432. Cost for the module was $507. Part has a 2 year warranty form BMW. Started car Friday morning to go to work and the warning light came back on. Will take back to dealer. Part should last more than 1 1/2 years. This is a expensive part and labor was $400 the last time it was replaced. Am I the only one to have this air bag problem. I do not think the air bags will work with the light on. This is a safety problem to me.

- Orange Beach, AL, USA

problem #35

Oct 152009

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The passenger side air bag started having intermittent failures starting about 55,000 miles and little over three years, seven months after purchase. Full failure occurred at 80,000. The seat was not commonly used. The car is used primarily to commute to and from work by one person.

- Mclean , VA, USA

problem #34

Mar 012012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 131,200 miles
Passenger airbag light comes on intermittently. This has been reported countless times with 2005-2006 MINICooper S vehicles. The identical part from BMW was part of a recall in the last few years.

- Vestavia Hills, AL, USA

problem #33

Mar 192012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
The SRS light is on and the passenger airbag light is also on even with a passenger sitting in the seat. This is a known issue due to bad wiring harness under the seats but BMW, MINIis refusing to rectify the faulty problems for 2005 and 2006 models of the 1st generation MINICooper. 2004 and 2003 MINICoopers were honored with an extended warranty on the SRS system for 150K miles or 10 years. With the SRS light on, the airbag system and the seat belt activation system may fail on the passenger side even with a passenger in the car. The problem has already been reported with a service bulletin. The airbag warning light is on with a fault stored. The wiring under the seat may be pinched or damaged. Service bulletin number:sim-65-06-11 NHTSA item number:10039593.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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