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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,677 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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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

problem #6

Oct 012014


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper. The contact stated that the passenger side seat belt warning light and the air bag disabled light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. In April 2015, the recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 15V205000 (air bags) was received. After contacting the dealer and the manufacturer on multiple occasions, the contact was informed that the parts needed to repair the vehicle were still not available and no estimated time for receiving the parts could be given. The failure mileage was 100,000. MA 10/5 updated 10/06/15

- Moore, SC, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Apr 022013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
From my research, the 2006 MINIhas a faulty passenger occupancy sensor in the passenger seat bottom requiring a replacement at a cost of over $1000. Since 2006 was the first year for this requirement, I believe they did not properly test the device before releasing them into production as I have researched and read on many failures of this device. I cannot determine conclusively if the airbag will or will not deploy in this situation and MINIwill be liable in a situation if it does not deploy the airbag properly with a passenger seated. This is a situation that needs to be remedied through a recall. MINIextended their airbag system warranty on the 2002 - 2005 models to 10 years or 150,000 miles and should do the same for the 2006+ models.

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #3

May 142013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 60,060 miles


During the past couple weeks, the air bag indicator light would come on. At times it would stay on for a long period, other times not as long. This week the seat belt indicator light came on after a passenger left the car and the alarm sounded for apx. 10 minutes until I stopped and shut off the car. The air bag indicator also came on. I took it for servicing today but the garage could not get any codes from the SRS control unit.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

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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problem #1

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

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