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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,423 miles

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2009 Mini Cooper seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Mini Cooper Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #25

Dec 302015


  • 95,000 miles


Passenger seat occupancy sensor malfunction. Airbag error lights on dash and intermittent disabling the airbag when person is sitting in passenger seat while driving. The seat sensor causes the airbag to deploy dependent on if there is someone sitting in seat. This could cause non deployment of airbag in an accident when a passenger is in the seat.

- Flagstaff, AZ, USA

problem #24

Nov 302015


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 MINICooper. The contact started the ignition and the front passenger's side air bag warning light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who informed that the front passenger side occupant detection mat would need to be replaced which involved disabling the seat. The vehicle was not included under NHTSA campaign number: 15V205000 (air bags). The contact mentioned that the part needed to perform the repair was unavailable. The dealer was unable to provide an expected date for the part to become available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #23

Jun 112015


  • 43,000 miles
Passenger side airbag light on. Has been on for months

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #22

Nov 052015


  • 68,000 miles


Same issue as many others have reported. Recently purchased with 68K miles. The passenger air bag indicator remains on no matter is a passenger is sitting there or not. Air bag seat mat sensor on the passenger side needs replacement but the dealership reported that there are no seat replacements available or even in production. Nor is there a possible date for a replacement. There is no way to make the car safe to Transport passengers.

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

problem #21

Nov 112015


  • 52,000 miles
My airbag light/seat sensor warning light came on both center console and driver's console for no apparent reason. Both lights stay illuminated. Proper operation of seat sensor in passenger seat mat which activates passenger side airbag is now in question.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

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problem #20

Oct 012015


  • 71,000 miles
While I was driving my car, the front passenger airbag got disconnected and the light came on. Now the lights indicating that the airbag is off remain on at all times. At the exact same time the light indicating that the passenger seat belt was not fasten came on as well and it remains on at all times while there is nobody on the passenger seat. The light remains on even if I fasten the seatbelt. I went to MINIdealership and was told that I had to pay $140 if I wanted them to inspect my car, I decided to take my car to an independent mechanic instead who told me after inspection ($95 for the inspection) that there was an issue with the sensors in the seat and that the entire seat had to be replaced ($1100 to replace it). This is a very serious issue since the airbag will not operate in case of accident. I know several MINIowners have experienced the same incident but MINIdealers refuse to assume that there is an issue that needs to be taken care of.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #19

May 112015


  • 28,000 miles


The passenger side airbag warning light went on at about 28,000 miles. From what I read online this has happened with other MINImodels, which have been recalled for this reason (prior years). It seems to mean that the sensor is not working and has to be replaced or the passenger side airbag will not inflate in an accident.

- Hagatna, GU, USA

problem #18

Apr 152015


  • 72,000 miles
Front passenger airbag sign was come out, even though passenger is seating and getting seat belt. Any damage didn't be gotton on the passenger seat, it is just suddenly appeared. It will make serious situation when I get accident. Airbag is really related with safety. I strongly belive that it has technical problem at MINIThis problem will come out more and people may be injured by this problem. I saw article about airbag problem at MINIand MINImade a program that recalls to fix airbag mat. However, it affects to until 2008mini. I don't think this problem only affects to until 2008 MINIBwm MINIhave to investigate newer model and recall the passenger seat airbag as well.

- Geneseo, NY, USA

problem #17

Aug 252015


  • 68,000 miles
Passenger air bag light (yellow ceiling light) will intermediately turn and stay on to indicate air bag is off when a passenger is in the seat.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #16

Mar 012015


  • 23,965 miles
Passenger seat mat sensor that controlls airbag.there has been a recall by BMW for MINIcoopers made between 2005 and 2008. But the 2009 has been not included in the recall, and the dealer will only check it out by charging the me the owner. This is the same issue as the 2005-2008 - the 2009 should be included in this recall. The life of any passenger traveling in the 2009 MINIcooper seat is jeopardized.

- Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, FL, USA

problem #15

Jan 122015


  • 61,000 miles


Air bag failure warning light comes on and stays on. BMW-MINIhas recalls for model years up to 2008, but refuses to acknowledge problem exists on 2009 and newer cars (some 2009's were built in 2008, in the affected recall time frame, but because they were designated 2009, these cars have been ignored)

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #14

Jun 252015


  • 39,932 miles
Passenger seat airbag disabled light remains on even when seat is occupied. Mechanic ran diagnostic and found code for passenger seat occupancy sensor. Called MINIand was told that they will not repair since model year 2009 is not included in the current recall.

- Ewa Beach, HI, USA

problem #13

Jun 182014


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 MINICooper. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the sensor on the passenger side needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #12

Jan 152015

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 64,500 miles
Air bag warning light comes on while driving. BMW North America had issued a recall for the 2005 - 2008 models, but not affected 2009 (2008 production date) models. Persistent oil leaks from and around oil filter housing and turbo oil lines. Oil leaks directly on exhaust manifold down pipe, potentially starting a fire, hasn't yet, but there has been plenty of smoke and in one instance, a small flare-up when oil dripped on the pipe as the car was idling in the garage after a short trip.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #11

Mar 012015

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 MINICooper. While starting the vehicle, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the passenger seat mat sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 58,000. Updated 6/3/15 updated 06/30/15

- Tujunga, CA, USA

problem #10

Oct 152014


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 MINICooper. While starting the vehicle, the passenger side air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the sensor in the seat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #9

Feb 072014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 64,500 miles
I have been getting the air bag warning light (in red) coming on while driving the car started in February, 2015. I've told that MINIBMW is aware of this issue, but is not making any movement on establishing a safety recall on affected cars. Warning light comes on regardless of how many passengers are in the vehicle. Sometimes the light comes on and stays on, other times it cycles through on-off, with the audible warning, several times a minute.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #8

Dec 112014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 55,100 miles
The passenger airbag off light illuminated. It is intermittent and diagnostics show that there is an issue with the sensor in the seat. This requires complete replacement of the seat. Although there is no danger to the passenger (airbag will not deploy), the car will not pass inspection when it comes due in Nov 2015.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #7

May 012014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 25,200 miles
The front passenger airbag got disconnected and will not operate in case of accident. Lights indicating that the airbag is off remains on at all times. I know several MINIowners that have experienced the same incident, and MINIdealers refuses to assume that this failure is due to poor design. I read that BMW (owner of MINIhas had the same problem, and was obliged to repair this issue in cars as old as models 2005.

- Key Biscayne, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 192013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Re: 2009 MINICooper air bag control unit on June 19th, 2013, at @ 54,200 miles, the air bag warning lights illuminated on the tachometer gauge and center speedometer gauge and an overhead light warned that "passenger airbag is off". on August 26, 2013, at 61,396 miles, the morristown, NJ MINICooper dealership charged me $140 for the diagnoses of this issue. Indicated on receipt that "mrs module has an internal fault..... fault code 93D7 internal control unit fault.... air bag control unit will need to be replaced and programmed.... parts and labor costs $1100." Service department informed me that part was out of warranty. Research shows that this is an ongoing problem and that earlier model years have had corrective actions provided at no expense to the consumer. Needs to be extended to the 2009 model year.

- Newton, NJ, USA

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