really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,486 miles

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2006 Mini Cooper seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Mini Cooper Owner Comments (Page 3 of 9)

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problem #132

Dec 152014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


Passenger air bag warning light stays on all the time. Dealer and independent repair shop say the seat sensor need to be replaced. It is located in the seat and the whole seat needs to be replaced. Estimated cost $1200. To 1500. Us dollars. The passenger seat is rarely used. The repair is not covered by warranty. I don't know if the air bag will deploy. Apparently all BMW's were recalled for this problem but not the MINIcoopers which according to posted threads are also experiencing the same problem.

- Winter Springs, FL, USA

problem #131

Jan 072015

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 59,946 miles
Airbag light is on full time, after a period of intermittent activity. There are hundreds of similar complaints on the web. The high cost of repairs seems to have resulted in a thriving business selling replacement "emulators" that imitate the sensor pad electrical characteristics. This is the same passenger seat occupancy sensor mat failure for which there have been extensive recalls for BMW vehicles made by the same manufacturer. Owner called MINIwas stonewalled and told there was no interest in hearing about the problem, just take it to a dealer. Asked dealer service rep if it was safe to drive in this condition, was told "I'm not allowed to answer that." This is a safety issue that rises to the level of requiring a recall, as was done for earlier MINIyears. MINIdoes not offer the sensor mat as a separate part, instead requires replacement of the seat upholstery, a $600+ BMW part number which is back ordered with no certain delivery date or price. Including labor, the cost to repair is 10% to 20% of the current sales price of this year MINIPlease, there can be no excuse for not recalling vehicles with this significant and expensive safety design flaw. (TR

- Los Gatos, CA, USA

problem #130

Nov 032014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I noticed that the airbag light in the passenger side came on, I kept an eye on it and at first it would go on and off. Then it got worse, it would go on and off when I would hit a bump in the road. Now its always on, I researched this issue and I found this site w/over 130 complaints on it. I see that BMW had the same issue and did a recall of all airbag issues. MINIis made by BMW why would they not cover any year that has the same airbag problem. I'm a teenager and can't afford to fix the issue that's approx $1,500-2,000. Or do I wait till my friend or someone gets seriously hurt, or even worse dies from this problem. For BMW and the cost of their cars this is small potatoes for them. For me to fix it mind as well be a million dollars, or the cost of a friend or family member..god forbid!!! if there's this many complaints then shouldn't the manufacturer be held responsible? they had a recall until 05, obviously the problem still cont. Into 06 and should be recalled and repaired. They made the car, so I guess they also made the mistake..can someone please take some responsibility.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

problem #129

Jan 012015

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles


Failure of oc-3 weight mat in passenger seat base, thus disabling passenger side airbag system. Cost to replace seat bottom is $1200. As this part is common between minis and bmws, and is very prone to failure, BMW has issued a recall on bmws in this model year area, but has not yet done so for minis. Perhaps BMW needs a wrongful death lawsuit to issue a recall? this is a travesty.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #128

Nov 232014


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper. The contact stated that the passenger seat air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the air bag seat sensor needed to be replaced. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 63,000.

- Palmyra, VA, USA

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problem #127

Nov 182013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag warning light continuously illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Martinez, CA, USA

problem #126

Apr 152014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles


Vehicle was parked in garage for 3 months. When vehicle was started, the air bag light remained on. It has not turned off for 6 months and will not pass state inspection. The battery was strong enough to start the car with no problem and the vehicle has in a garage the entire time. When the vehicle was parked, all systems were functioning.

- Waynesboro, VA, USA

problem #125

Nov 042014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The passenger air bag sensor went on in my MINICooper. I noticed this seems to be a common issue. I also had to replace the steering components in the MINICooper, which again seems to be a common issue. I am concerned regarding all the air bag recalls, but at 1,7K to replace the entire seat; that is quite a burden upon a tight budget. I just wanted to use this website as a place where I have documented these issues, so that if there is a insurance claim down the road, because of these faulty issue, I have a documented complaint.

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #124

Nov 142014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
Passenger side air bag warning light spontaneously lighted without incident and continues to remain illuminated during operation of vehicle with or without passenger in seat. MINIof usa assistance denies any responsibility or warranty, but states that" air bag may not function in case of accident". this vehicle has 53,00 miles on odometer. Have observed many such complaints on related internet sites.

- Makawao, HI, USA

problem #123

Nov 012014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 74,926 miles
Air bag warning light and seat occupancy warning light came on. Took in for service- told seat occupant mat (front passenger seat) has failed and must be replaced. Replacement is cost prohibitive ($1700). Safety risk present because air bags may not deploy in event of crash. Dealer says there is no recall and will not replace the part under any extended warranty.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #122

Nov 302012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


The air bag warning light came on for the passenger side seat. The BMW dealer said that the seat sensor was faulty.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #121

Oct 012014


  • 72,000 miles
Airbag passenger seat sensor is bad $1500 to repair and no guarantee it will work correctly in the future. Why hasn't this been recalled"?? BMW who owns MINIcooper recalled this sensor for their cars but why not the coopers? I'm so angry that they could care less about my families safety. Automobiles are required to have airbag systems but they aren't required to work properly?"

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #120

Sep 082014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 100,114 miles
Passenger side seat weight sensor went bad. SRS light illuminated. $1,500 to have dealer repaired. Car is not repaired yet.

- Williamstown, NJ, USA

problem #119

Jan 012010


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper S. the contact stated the air bag warning indicator was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the passenger seat sensor mat was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Grandville, MI, USA

problem #118

May 162012


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper. The contact stated that the air bag indicator illuminated when the front passenger seat was occupied. The failure occurred multiple times. The dealer was unable to locate the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Wrightwood, CA, USA

problem #117

Aug 012014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Right seat air bag occupancy pad sensor causes airbag light to stay on. The sensor has been tested and is inoperative. BMW has a recall for all their vehicles with the same sensor. MINICooper needs to be held accountable for this faulty design and have to replace the occupancy seat sensor at no cost to the owners. This repair cost around $1300. If this is not repaired it could prevent the air bags from deploying.

- Enterprise, AL, USA

problem #116

Jul 062011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 28,801 miles
The passenger's seat mat airbag sensor has failed in my car and the airbag light remains lit at all times. This has happened twice now, the first time at 28801 miles and now again at 52300 miles. I paid $1200 for a full seat bottom replacement at the MINIdealership to correct the problem and now, 3 years later, the new seat has failed in the same manner. BMW has issued a recall for the exact same issue for their cars from the same year which use the same malfunctioning parts and MINIneeds to do the same for their customers. This is an expensive and recurring known safety issue that consumers should not be held responsible for. I have had 2 different MINIdealerships acknowledge that they have had to fix this problem in countless 2005 and 2006 model year minis, yet there is no offer to rectify the issue despite the fact that I already had to pay out of pocket once.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #115

Oct 102013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 91,786 miles
As many other MINIowners have reported, my SRS light is on and the passenger side airbag is continuously off (light stays on). I have no idea if I am driving with or without airbags. $1,500 to fix at dealer. MINIdid a recall on models up to 2005.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #114

Jun 032013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Passenger airbag light on my 2006 MINICooper, above rearview mirror stays illuminated constantly, whether the passenger seat is occupied or not. After calling the nearby MINICooper dealer, and talking to the service manager he said yes we have a lot of problems with them. However there is no recall out for 2006 MINIairbag problems but there has been for other model years. Said the sensor and the whole seat may need to be replaced, bring it in and it will run you about $1200 to $1600. I asked does it mean my airbag will not function if I have an accident. The service manager laughed in a cavalier manner "well you always have your seat belt." After months waiting for an official recall, called the national MINIcustomer relations who acted very non chalant and got no where. Went to a local european car repair specialist who used a computer scanner that said the passenger seat sensor is defective. He then used a brand new scanner and this time it said the driver side is defective. Said go on the internet I'm not the only one with the MINIairbag problems. Was shocked to see thousands, many who did spend the large amount of money and the problems keeps recurring. MINIneeds to extend the airbag warranty to 150,000 miles at least for 12 years. Someone is going to suffer severe injury or death in a small car that definitely needs all the airbag protection available. $1600 is lot of money for a dealer fix that does not seem to work.

- Palm City, FL, USA

problem #113

Jul 142014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 111,380 miles
My occupancy sensor 2 mat is bad on the passenger's side. My mechanic told me that he thought there was a recall on this part, otherwise it will be about $1400 to replace. This is a major safety issue because the sensor is unable to read whether or not a passenger is in the seat.

- Houston, TX, USA

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