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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,110 miles

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2008 Mini Cooper S seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Mini Cooper S Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 092015

Cooper S 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 MINICooper S convertible. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V20500 (air bags); however, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified about the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. The consumer stated the ABS engaged under 10 mph when the brake was applied. Updated 08/25/15

- Tunta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 142014

Cooper S 4-cyl

  • 27,330 miles
Airbag warning light turned on when driving on highway. The service diagnosed faulty passenger seat occupancy detector and quoted $1,880 to fix. This problem seems common for this make based on forum websites. The car has only 28K mileage and sport seats.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 012012

Cooper S 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
My passenger side seat, which has a weight-sensor to determine air-bag operation (on/off, full force, partial force) is faulty, and with a 110 lb person seated in there, the sensor still believes the person weighs below 25 lbs, and as such, disables the airbag. This is concerning to me as I drive with a passenger much of the time, and most of the time the airbag is disabled. This seems like a safety-recall issue to me. I have also done much research through the vehicle make forums scattered through the internet and found that this issue exists on many other vehicles of the same generation. Thank you.

- Fremont, CA, USA

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