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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,878 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2010 Mini Cooper seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2010 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 052016

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


"passenger air bag off" light comes on and off intermittently and randomly while driving with a passenger in the seat with the seat belt on, and vehicle is traveling at highway speeds. This was expressed to MINIwho has a recall for exactly this problem on earlier models, and MINIhas expressed that they will not fix it. I have video of this occurring if anyone is interested in watching it.

- Lorton, VA, USA

problem #8

Sep 262016


  • 36,000 miles
While on a recent road trip, passenger airbag warning lamps began to come on intermittently while the seat was occupied. At first, the system seemed to reset when the engine was switched off, but over the course of 2 days, it stopped resetting and the warning lights, as well as the warning tones, would just go on and off spontaneously with the seat occupied. Now the "passenger airbag off" indicator lamp above the rearview mirror, warning lamp near tachometer (area 1 as indicated by MINIowner's manual), and airbag system failure lamp (area 2) are continuously lit when passenger seat is unoccupied. I have not had the system checked by a mechanic yet; currently, the nearest MINIdealership/service center is 202 miles from me. I have noticed that this is very common issue reported here and on several online forums. The timing chain tensioner also failed and had to be replaced in spring of 2015.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #7

Sep 212016


  • 68,000 miles
Faulty front passenger seat weight sensor for airbag. Weight sensor fails to distinguish when someone is or is not in the seat, causing the airbag for the front passenger constantly read "passenger air bag off."

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #6

Jul 062016


  • 82,000 miles


The passenger side air bag light indicated the air bag was not engaged. The passenger seat started getting very hot (this model does not have heated seats). We removed the seat from the vehicle and innvestigated. We found that the air bag seat mat was overheating. The circuit was melted from the heat. If we had not removed the seat from the car it would have caught fire. The vehicle was parked in the garage at the time. However, the car was driven earlier in the day and the light was on then to indicate the passenger air bag was not on. There are no recalls for this 2010 model for this problem. However, there have been numerous complaints from other owners on the web. This does not appear to be an isolated incident. Fixing the problem is expensive too.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #5

Mar 222016


  • 69,500 miles
The passenger air bag indicator light illuminates intermittently, even when an adult passenger is seated there. I have researched this issue and see that there is a recall for earlier model Cooper and Cooper S models. I have experienced the exact same symptoms that are listed in that recall, and according to this site so have 2009 Cooper owners. This recall needs to be extended accordingly.

- Arlington, VA, USA

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problem #4

Mar 012016


  • 68,000 miles
Passenger side seat mat for detecting passengers presents, intermittently fails causing the air bag to be deactivated when a passenger is present and the vehicle is moving.

- Pinellas Park, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 012016


  • 80,000 miles


Passenger air bag sensor will not reset and light is on continuously. Don't know if system is working or not.. no fix available and no parts available anywhere. Dealer says, try in a month. From what I read earlier models were recalled do to this defect. Why not all of them. No one can tell me that the car is safe to drive.

- Clearlake, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 162010


  • 5,500 miles
Air bags did not deploy upon impact.

- Maineville, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 012010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 5,900 miles
The passenger airbag off light comes on with a passenger in the car. The light comes on and remains on at random intervals. I brought the car to the only MINIdealer in Colorado and they told me that they couldn't duplicate the fault and that there wasn't a fault code in the computer. I asked to speak to the service manager and he told me that this was normal and that my 130 lb. Wife didn't weigh enough to warrant the SRS system in the car.

- Denver, CO, USA

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