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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

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Mini Cooper Owner Comments (Page 8 of 9)

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problem #32

Apr 022012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • miles

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

SRS warning light requiring OC3 mat replacement at only 60K miles. Passenger air bag will not deploy in case of collision. Cost of replacement is quoted as $1374.83.

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #31

Jan 022012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Air bag warning lamp illuminated as well as "airbag off" light illuminated. Occurs when passenger is and is not in seat. Audio for seatbelt occurs when passenger is not in seat. MINIdealer repaired initially at about 30K miles, occurred again at 48K miles.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #30

Mar 122012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I have a MINIS 2006. Approximately 2 weeks ago the dash airbag light came on. Then went off. Now the light stays on constantly. I was told this is a $1300 job. My car is in excellent shape. The car has a defect somewhere, 75000 miles? the air bag sensor should not be faulty.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #29

Mar 012012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • miles

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

The air bag light is on above my rear view mirror and on my dash. I have found on multiple sites that this is a common issue.

- Marysville, OH, USA

problem #28

Mar 122012

Cooper

  • 24,980 miles
Airbag warning light comes on whether or not a passenger is in the front passenger seat. The dealer says the airbag sensor in the seat needs to be replaced. This cost us over $1500. In 2006 MINIissued an extended warranty for 2002 and 2003 models with the same defect. BMW's investigation of the same sensor under the passenger seats of BMW autos resulted in a recall of this part. NHTSA action number: EA08001. This is a serious safety concern. Message boards have instances of people paying for this expensive safety defect at the dealer, and the problems returning after 1 to 2 years in some cases. Someone with be seriously hurt or killed if the passenger airbag fails to deploy.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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problem #27

Mar 042012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
Airbag passenger mat seat sensor. This has been a ongoing problem from the 2003 to present. Seat sensor turns airbag light on and can disable air bag on passenger side and according to MINIdealership, not on factory recall but they say get hundreds a year and charge to replace sensor at $1000. Safety issue! someone really needs to have them fix a known issue at all dealerships and put peoples lives in danger.

- Anderson, IN, USA

problem #26

Nov 162011

Cooper

  • 82,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper. The contact stated that the passenger seat air bag sensor warning lamp was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the passenger sear air bag sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 82,000 and the current mileage was 83,400.

- Ashland , OR, USA

problem #25

Jan 072010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
Passenger seat air bag detector is faulty. When no one is sitting on the seat, the airbag light illuminates. This was replaced by the dealer at 44300 miles. The warning light has come on once again at 67000 miles and has stayed on.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #24

Dec 012011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
Both the passenger seat belt light and the airbag system light illuminate while seat is occupied indicating the system is not operational and may not function in a crash. Internet research reveals many complaints to BMW concerning this problem in the 2006 MINIManufacturer dealerships will not diagnose without a large fee.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #23

Sep 142011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • miles
Airbag warning light comes on when a passenger is in the front passenger seat. The dealer says the airbag sensor in the seat needs to be replaced. The cost is about $1000. In 2006 MINIissued an extended warranty for 2002 and 2003 models with the same defect. BMW's investigation of the same sensor under the passenger seats of BMW autos resulted in a recall of this part. NHTSA action number: EA08001. This is a serious safety concern. Message boards have instances of people paying for this expensive safety defect at the dealer, and the problems returning after 1 to 2 years in some cases.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #22

Nov 112011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 43,400 miles

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

Recently, I've been getting both the yellow overhead airbag off light (above the rearview mirror) and the red warning light on the center dash. The warning lights will go off occasionally, but always seem to return. It does not matter whether I am carrying a passenger or not. The problem appears to be a defective seat sensor or a defect in airbag wiring harness. Since this is a safety issue, I do not want to work on the system myself. MINIwebsites discuss similar problems with the airbag lights on earlier model minis. I am certain a recall was issued for '02-'03 models. Current recall does not include later build years such as my '06, but again, this is definitely a safety issue and should be addressed by the manufacturer.

- Pearl City, ID, USA

problem #21

Jan 192012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
The pax airbag light both on dashboard and above rear view mirror are lit and stay that way after a period of on and off with someone stating in that seat. On the blog of MINIcoopers a lot of complaint about this happening in BMW the maker of MINIcoopers and the 05, 06 MINIcooper model. It is a safety issue! a very expensive fix at $1500 when is there going to be a recall?

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #20

May 062011

Cooper

  • 80,000 miles
Passenger seat oc-3 air bag sensor failure: I have had this problem sporadically since I bought the car but recently, I've been getting both the yellow overhead airbag off light (above the rearview mirror) and the red warning light on the center dash turn on and stay on. This happens several times a week now whether the seat is occupied or not. It causes the seatbelt alarm to go off and I have to buckle an empty seat. My main concern is it jeopardizing the passenger airbag function.

- San Dimas, CA, USA

problem #19

Nov 172011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • miles
The passenger air bag light comes on intermittently. It is not covered under warranty. MINIservice wants approximately $300 to diagnose the problem.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #18

Dec 202011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Passanger air bag sensor failed-.

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #17

Aug 012011

Cooper

  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated intermittently. The dealer advised the contact that it could possibly be the air bag sensor that was faulty. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure however, did not offer any assistance. No repairs were performed. The current mileage was 60,000 and the approximate failure mileage was 58,000.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #16

Aug 312011

Cooper

  • 82,000 miles
The airbag sensor light along with the seatbelt light stays on constantly from startup.tried to reset by instructions in the owners manual but didn't work.MINIservice wants $100 to just evaluate the problem.the problem is that MINIBMW know there is default with the seat sensors but won't take on responsibility as the car owners are paying $1500-2200 + to have this repaired. This is a very serious safety issue as none of the airbags will work in the car at this point.

- Tahuya, WA, USA

problem #15

Aug 242011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
My MINICooper has air bag light on. No car accident before.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #14

Jul 152011

Cooper

  • 40,596 miles
While driving the airbag warning light came on and passenger air bag light turned off. At the same time the seat belt light came on. Had both checked and when car was returned both lights were out. Passenger seat bottom was replaced. I was told that this is common problem with the seat bottom. No problem noted for the seat belt light. 1/2 mile from dealer both warning lights again turned on and the passenger air bag light turned off. At this point I am not sure if the car is safe to drive or not.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #13

May 232011

Cooper

  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag warning light was continuously illuminated. The contact stated that the sensor had failed. The manufacturer and dealer were contacted in regards to the failure but the vehicle was neither inspected nor repaired. The failure mileage was 71,000 and the current mileage was 71,800.

- Bellingham, WA, USA

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