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 9 of 9)

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problem #12

Jun 022011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


Air bag failure lamp light on. 2006 jcw MINIcooper. On startup, lamps all go through startup illumination then go dark. Airbag failure lamp relights 1 second later and remains on. No interior wiring done, car is as was received new from dealer.

- Sandy Hook, CT, USA

problem #11

Mar 012011


  • 45,000 miles
The passenger airbag light goes on and off randomly. The light will come on regardless of whether or not a passenger is seated.

- Revere, MA, USA

problem #10

Feb 092011


  • 46,810 miles
On February 9, 2011, we were informed by MINIservice that the seat occupancy sensor was faulty and that it would cost us $1,245 plus tax to repair as it is not covered by the warranty package which they sold us when the vehicle was purchased in 2007. Mileage of vehicle at that time was 46,810. The light indicating that there was a problem with the airbag sensor occurred months earlier, but we did not realize that it was indicative of a serious problem as small children did sit in that seat from time to time. On March 16, 2011, hydraulic power steering pump on vehicle failed. Mileage was 47,895.

- Yardley, PA, USA

problem #9

Nov 052010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 54,811 miles


Passenger airbag problem indicator is on. The car only has 54811 miles. The dealer charged $118.37 to check. They stated a seat sensor pad was bad and would cost $1,200. To replace. They indicated the airbag system would still deploy. I contacted MINIusa to file a complaint because I thought at this mileage and safety issue the repair should be covered as warranty (recall). They denied the request and also indicated the system would still deploy in an accident. After reading several blogs, everyone seems to indicate the bags will not function properly. This problem seems to be very common on MINICoopers. I read several owners have had this issue repaired multiple times. I am concerned about the safety of this car.

- Hixson, TN, USA

problem #8

Dec 152010


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper S. upon starting the vehicle the contact noticed that the front passenger side air bag light was illuminating on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure because the light was no longer illuminating. The contact was told the failure was most likely due to the air bag sensor failing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure continued to occur. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 61,000. Updated 12/14/11

- Potomac, MD, USA

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problem #7

Jan 032011


  • 56,000 miles
The car is a 2006 MINICooper S coupe. The car has less than 57,000 miles. The airbag sensor light remains on even with a passenger in the seat which shows the airbag is not employed. The dealer cost to repair was $900 as quoted on 1/3/11. The airbag light goes on and off randomly. It is not clear that the airbag would function in the event of an accident.

- Helena, AL, USA

problem #6

Oct 012010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles


The passenger seat airbag weight sensor has gone bad and as a result, has rendered the entire airbag system inoperable. The vehicle is out of warranty by 4K miles and the local dealer and MINIusa have become non-responsive about fixing an obvious design defect. The replacement part plus labor and factory resetting were quoted at $1900. Searching other online postings reveals that this is a known problem not only for MINIcoopers but for parent company bmws as well.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 032010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
My 2006 MINICooper S has a defective passenger seat air bag sensor, that I was quoted 16,000$to replace it. This is the exact same part that BMW recalled in 2008. BMW recalled around 150,000 vehicles in North America to fix a possible defect that may keep the front passenger airbag from opening in a crash, the recalled cars include 2006 3-series, 2004-06 5-series and 2004-06 X3 vehicles. MINIuses this same recalled part(MINIbeing made by BMW), yet has not recalled the part. I know many people that have had this part replaced at there own expense several times. It is a huge safety hazard.

- Shoreacres, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 012010


  • 69,143 miles
Airbag deployment passenger seat sensor mat defective.this sensor turns off passenger side airbag intermittently and without warning before driving.MINIwill not correct the safety issue on vehicles out of warranty.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 152010


  • 32,000 miles
Passenger airbag lights remain on.

- Goleta, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 272008


  • 21,754 miles
Passenger air bag light keeps coming on. Has been repaired 4 times. Has not recurred this last repair, however only repaired 2 months ago. Happened first 3/26/07, parts had to be special ordered and it was repaired on 4/17/07; then 1/29/08, then 6/17/08, and then 10/27/08. Each time they make the same repair: Part number 52 10 6 961 324, replaced sensor mat, (OC3 mat) passenger seat, 65 77 604, removed seat, removed seat cover, replaced seat cover, mat, and upholstery material. The light has not come back on since last repair, however it has only been 2 months.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 012008


  • 49,000 miles
My 2006 BMW MINIcoopers passenger air bag light is showing that it is deactivated regardless if there is a full sized adult or no one in the passenger seat this has been a problem for about 4 months. It appears to be a problem in the seat sensor or wiring because it will go out at times when I hit a bump or move the seat then it will come back on. This has been a on going problem/concern will my passengers be protected in the event of a crash since the air bags are showing that they are shut off will they still work?

- Harrison, TN, USA

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