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 6 of 9)

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problem #72

May 152013


  • 22,800 miles


My car is a 07/2006 MINICooper with only 22,900 miles as of 06/2013. When someone is seated in the passenger seat, the passenger airbag warning light and the passenger airbag disabled light are intermittently illuminated. The MINIdealership said that the fault codes indicate an issue with the passenger seat occupancy sensor--which should be replaced. The cost cited for that operation was $900. The dealership speculated that, despite the indicator lights, the passenger airbag should still deploy if the passenger was wearing his seat belt. However, when BMW, manufacturer of MINIannounced a recall in North America of front passenger air bag seat sensor mats involving approximately 200,000 model year 2004-06 bmws, affected owners were warned that they should contact their dealer "if the air bag warning lamp and the passenger air bag 'on-off' lamp are illuminated simultaneously." In that situation, BMW recommended that customers not use the front passenger seat and have the vehicle serviced immediately, warning that "a possible defect may keep the front passenger airbag from opening in a crash." Thus, it seems evident that faulty seat occupancy sensors should be regarded as a significant safety issue. Yet, despite the fact that there are numerous, well documented problems with the sensors in the MINIBMW has neither extended the warranty to financially compensate owners for an obvious manufacturer defect, nor issued a recall. The NHTSA should compel BMW to ensure the safety of MINIpassengers.

- Blacksburg, VA, USA

problem #71

Jun 102013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 62,500 miles
From my research, the 2006 MINIhas a faulty passenger occupancy sensor in the passenger seat bottom requiring a replacement at a cost of over $1000. Since 2006 was the first year for this requirement, I believe they did not properly test the device before releasing them into production as I have researched and read on many failures of this device. I cannot determine conclusively if the airbag will or will not deploy in this situation and MINIwill be liable in a situation if it does not deploy the airbag properly with a passenger seated. This is a situation that needs to be remedied through a recall. MINIextended their airbag system warranty on the 2002 - 2005 models to 10 years or 150,000 miles and should do the same for the 2006+ models.

- Munster, IN, USA

problem #70

Jun 032013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • miles
Air bag light above rear view mirror illuminates when a passenger is seated. I have researched this and found many others having the same issue, but have not discovered a recall or any information to make the necessary repairs. Seems it should be fixed as they did with the 2002 model, covering the repair to 10 years or 150,000 miles.

- Munster, IN, USA

problem #69

May 152013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 107,850 miles


Purchased car used. When passenger sits in front seat, airbag light intermittently goes on and off and then stays on. Have searched online and the passenger seat sensor is likely broken and is a $1500 fix at the dealer. This is a safety issue and should be covered by manufacturer.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #68

May 082012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Passenger side airbag failed. Seat passenger detector failure is cause. A review of on line trouble sites show this to be a very common problem which manufacturer denies and delays repair. Though MINIhas multiple reports of this, they refuse to repair as they state "out of warranty". this is a basic safety feature which is flawed and should be subject to immediate and broad recall.

- Dunlap, IL, USA

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problem #67

May 142013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 60,060 miles
During the past couple weeks, the air bag indicator light would come on. At times it would stay on for a long period, other times not as long. This week the seat belt indicator light came on after a passenger left the car and the alarm sounded for apx. 10 minutes until I stopped and shut off the car. The air bag indicator also came on. I took it for servicing today but the garage could not get any codes from the SRS control unit.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #66

May 092012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 58,300 miles


Passenger side airbag seat weight sensor began to intermittently trip passenger side air bag light and air bag light. Adjusting weight on seat would initially extinguish; however, problem is now constant. Cost prohibitive to replace.

- Fairfax Station, VA, USA

problem #65

May 152012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 45,676 miles
Driving along at 30 mph when air bag light illuminated and over head passenger air bag light came on and off. Had passenger seat bottom replaced only to have the light come back on 3 days later. I have had the system checked 3 times ( with light turned off when returned) only to have the light come back on a few days later.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #64

Feb 022010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Passenger seat airbag warning light won't go off. I do not know if the airbags will work in a accident.

- Hartland, MI, USA

problem #63

Apr 302012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
When you start the car the passenger seat belt light and air bag light remains on, whether or not someone is in the seat or not. The light stays on, I visited the dealership the fix cost $1241. Why is this happening. Dealer should fix this error.

- Temple Hills, MD, USA

problem #62

Jun 292012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles


Per my research, this a recurring problem with the 2006 MINIcoopers. Numerous bulletin boards have the same questions for a safety concern if the airbag will deploy for the passenger seat. Took car to dealer for diagnostics and they gave us a repair price of $1200 to replace the lower seat for the occupancy pad is defective which causes the light to come on for the passenger bag and also the main light in the dash. Not sure if BMW cares about safety of the people who have purchased their vehicles but it is a bit callous on their part for not doing a recall on the 2006 MINIcooper seat sensor. I have seen a regular BMW vehicle that has a similar problem have a recall for a bad seat sensor. I am concerned for any person who rides in the passenger seat if an accident were to happen that the airbag will not deploy causing great bodily harm.

- Oregon City, OR, USA

problem #61

Sep 012012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Passenger seat airbag sensor failed and the airbag light stays on and the airbags in the front seat passenger and driver may be deactivated and not work in a crash. MINIis aware of this problem has chose to ignore it. It is a great safety hazard. My wife has refused to ride in the car or let anyone else ride in it.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #60

Mar 202013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
My 2006 MINICooper had a air bag light just turn on about a week ago for no reason for what I can tell. I called my MINIdealer and they told me it was probably a worn out passenger seat sensor. They said it would cost about $900-1000 to replace the seat and the sensor. Our MINIonly has a little over 50K miles and 50% of those miles there wasn't anyone ever sitting in the passenger seat to ware it out. I have seen on several other forums that this problem has been corrected by BMW but not by MINII believe this issue should be a recall on all MINIs as I have seen that hundreds of other people have the same issue.

- Salt Lake City Utah, UT, USA

problem #59

Dec 032012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
The air bag warning light came on. We contacted the dealer where we purchased the car and they said there was nothing they could do because it was not under warranty and there was no recall. They had repaired this previously under warranty. We then contacted MINIusa and they said our VIN# was not listed for a recall. I mentioned there are MINICoopers in forums all over the internet with airbag light issues.

- Willard, MO, USA

problem #58

Feb 072013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 27,933 miles
When I started my vehicle, 2006 MINICooper, the passenger airbag warning lights came on for no apparent reason there was no one in the passenger seat at the time. There was an August, 2008 BMW recall on 150,000 2002-2006 MINICooper's for this same passenger light airbag issue. BMW extended the warranty to 10 years on all of these recailed vehicles by VIN#. I had this diagnosed by a BMW service center & a faulty passenger sensor pad in the passenger seat is causing the issue. The sensor pad is attached to the bottom of the passenger seat so both items have to be replaced which will cost approx.$1,200. I spoke to MINIusa & my VIN# was not on the 2008 recall. I then asked MINIusa how do I get my VIN# on the recall list & was to told to go to this website & file a complaint. After your investigation, MINIusa told me that you can have my vehicle VIN# added to the August, 2008 recall. MINIusa was also unable to tell me if my passenger seat airbag will properly deploy in the event of a accident. I consider this an extremely serious safety issue (possible death) if the airbag does not properly deploy because of a faulty passenger seat sensor pad! please help.....thanks

- Owasso, OK, USA

problem #57

May 012012


  • 54,000 miles
The airbag warning lights came on and stayed on. At first the lights were coming on and off now they just stay on. No incidents on a well maintained vehicle. Both a MINIdealership and another mechanic both say it is the air bag weight sensor in the seat and that the seat needs to be replaced.

- Greenbelt, MD, USA

problem #56

Oct 072012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
Passenger seat air bag sensor warning light is lighting up. This has been diagnosed as a result of a defective passenger seat air bag sensor. There was no incident that caused this. It just went bad. This appears to be a known issue for min and BMW but they are not taking responsibility to replace the sensor which runs anywhere from $900 to $1600 to be repaired. This automobile has been very well maintained has less than 60K miles and is a one owner. There was no reason for this to have gone bad other than the part must be of poor quality or design. This is a safety issue and MINIusa should step up and resolve this for their customers.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #55

Dec 182012


  • 65,000 miles
The airbags light came on for no reason at all. Doing research I found there's a lot of people with the same problem! and apparently MINIusa is not taking responsibility for any of it.

- Cocoa Beach, FL, USA

problem #54

Nov 212012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 91,139 miles
Air bag system diagnosis returned fault code 71. Tech check on SRS system found passenger seat occupancy detector fault. Passenger air bag system is disabled as a result. Estimated repair cost is $1200. Internet searches found this is a very common problem with MINICooper's and MINIrefuses to cover when out of warranty.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #53

Nov 202012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
The passenger seat occupancy sensor has gone bad according to the diagnose from the dealer. I'm told that this will either make the air bag deploy at full force or possibly not at all. There seems that this is a very common occurrence on both BMW and MINIs. BMW has addressed the problem, MINIhas not. I have a car with an unpredictable air bag deployment and the dealer is telling me that it is a 1000 to make the car safe to put my family in. This seems like denial of a problem.

- Portland , OR, USA

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