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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,853 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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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

problem #7

Jul 042016


  • 59,960 miles


I went out of the country for 21 day and left my MINIparked in the garage. I am the only driver of my car and take pride in appearance and maintenance. I was extremely surprised when I returned the warning lights was on. The mileage is just under 60000. The seat belt and airbag warning light on out of the blue (stays on). When I took my MINIto the auto repair shop, it was suggested to look for recalls first. Upon research found alot of complaints about the same issue but no recalls for 2009. This is very disappointing and BMW should be ashamed. I will never purchase another product from BMW and will warn others before they consider making the same mistake. I will be trading my car in for an american made vehicle.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #6

Dec 012015


  • miles
Airbag sensor mat does not recognize whether a person is sitting on the passenger side thereby not activating the airbag; this has been happening on & off for months; passenger airbag light comes on immediately despite occupancy while parked and during driving (all conditions-highway, city street, turning. This issue started right after the warranty was over. This is a safety hazard, as none of the airbags will deploy in case of impact. I fear for my safety. This is a manufacturing defect.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 242016


  • 55,000 miles
The car has 55000 miles and the airbag light is on. After research the problem seems to be with the passenger occupancy sensor, also known as a passenger occupancy mat. MINIhas recalled many vehicles for this reason, however they continue to refuse the problems continues with the 2009 model. This is a safety and costly issue.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Sep 012014


  • 19,500 miles
The passenger seat belt sensor light stay on continuously car is started, regardless anyone in the seat. This is a safety issue and should be recalled by manufacture.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

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problem #2

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 #1

Jun 112010


  • 30,010 miles
I was involved in a multiple car accident. None of the air bags deployed and the seat belt did not hold me appropriately resulting in hitting the steering wheel with my face. I had head concussion and multiple face bruises, including a deep cut in my lip. MINIBMW) is investigating.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

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