really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,881 miles

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2007 Mini Cooper seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 Mini Cooper Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #36

Jun 292015


  • 60,000 miles


Having exact same symptoms as detailed in a similar recall (NHTSA campaign number: 15V205000 -- front passenger seat occupant detection mat), in addition to having got a 93C3 fault code (seat-occupancy detector, passenger). Seems obvious that the defect is the same despite the sub-model not being the same (mine is a 2007 R56 MINIclubman, closest recalled model is 2007 R52 MINIconvertible).

- Montreal, Quebec, Canada, NY, USA

problem #35

Sep 262014


  • 78,000 miles
Air bag light turned on. Performed a fault survey and found there is 1 related fault code in the mrs control unit. Passenger seat occupancy sensor, not currently present, occurred 12 times. Need to replace the seat occupancy sensor and re program the mrs control unit. Total replacement cost: $1,164.47 called MINIheadquarters and was told there was no warranty or recall for my specific car. However, they told me that the 2005, 2006 MINIcooper had a recall for the seat sensor. This is a major problem and should be recalled for the 2007 model as well.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #34

Jan 012014


  • 62,000 miles
Front passenger air bag detection mat became inoperable at about 60,000 miles. My car is mfg 4 months outside of the recall time frame yet this very same mfg date is well within the "convertible models" recall date. I feel the "non-convertible models" recall time frame should be re-evaluated because there are too many of us with this very same problem. When I took my car to MINIto be fixed they told me they've seen many vehicles outside of the official recall dates with this problem.

- Johnstown, CO, USA

problem #33

Jan 012015


  • 73,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 MINICooper S. when the ignition switch was turned to the run position, the passenger side air bag did not illuminate when the seat was occupied. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- New Albany , IN, USA

problem #32

Jun 032015


  • 107,000 miles
Initially there was an intermittent indication that the passenger side air bag was deactivated. Problem is getting to be more frequent. Obdii fault code "93C3 seat-occupancy detector" is set. I am told this is the same fault code that resulted in a recall of the 2006 model year MINICooper.

- Pearland, TX, USA

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problem #31

Jun 192015


  • 64,000 miles
At any given speed or condition the passenger side airbag warning light illuminates, meaning that the airbag may not deploy in a crash. In some instances the lights will disappear, but at other times the lights are illuminated continuously. It is of great concern that this part has been recalled as a defective part, but because my production date is merely one month off there is no relief. It seems concerning that there may be a number of these unsafe vehicles on the road, but given the delay to include them in the recall, many lives may unknowingly be at risk.

- Camarillo , CA, USA

problem #30

Oct 162014


  • 30,000 miles


My 2007 MINIpassenger air bag warning light came on and I had to have the seat replaced by the dealer due to weight sensor failure in the passenger seat. It was a defective faulty passenger seat weight harness sensor failure according to the dealer. The whole seat had to be replaced as a result of the defect. I now see that nhsta/BMW is recalling MINICoopers for the same problem but according to the dealer and the customer service hot line rep my MINIis not on the recall list. It should be. I have note many MINIowner complaints of the same problem and year as my car on line. The car rarely has a passenger in the passenger seat and the safety air bag harness should not of failed at such a low mileage usage. The recall notice as presented in auto blog follows. MINIis recalling 91,800 hatchbacks and convertibles due a potentially malfunctioning sensor that may fail to deploy the front passenger airbag in the event of a crash.

- Melbourne, KY, USA

problem #29

Apr 012014


  • 75,000 miles
After codes are cleared on car, there is no warning indicator light illuminated as long as no passengers sit in the passenger seat. Once a passenger sits in the seat, following the code clearing, then the airbag warning light and the seat belt warning lights are illuminated permanently.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #28

Aug 012014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Hello, I understand that there has been a recall issued for certain MINICoopers with faulty passenger air bag sensors. I am writing today because I have a 2007 MINICooper hardtop that has had a faulty passenger air bag sensor for over a year, however my specific car is not yet included in the recall because it is a hardtop, not a convertible, even though it is was produced in the same time span. Please, please, please let them know that they have not included all of the affected vehicles. My VIN number is [xxx] thank you! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rogersville, MO, USA

problem #27

May 042015


  • 73,000 miles
The passenger side airbag pad component was found to be defective by my service center. The passenger side airbag will not deploy in a crash. It is approximately an $1100 part to replace plus labor. Reports on varied news media have this as a recall. I find no instance of a recall from BMW/mini

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #26

Apr 152015


  • 53,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 MINICooper. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000.

- Concord, MI, USA

problem #25

May 112015


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 MINICooper S. the contact stated that the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and it was determined that the passenger side air bag may not deploy in case of a crash; however, the technician was unable to provide a reason for the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 73,000.

- New Albany, IN, USA

problem #24

Dec 202014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 MINICooper S. while driving at approximately 35 mph, the air bag warning indicator illuminated continuously. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,500. Updated 7/10/15 updated 07/16/15.

- Daley City , CA, USA

problem #23

Apr 252013


  • 90,000 miles
MINICooper 2007: Driver side airbag had indicator light on dash stating a faulty driver airbag. We had the airbag replaced at a cost of about $600 dollars. Car was out of warranty. There are reports of other MINICoopers having airbag issues, and request a review of this instance as well.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #22

Feb 102015

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 87,608 miles
The passenger seat has a pressure mat built into that has failed and it is causing the SRS/airbag light to stay lit. This is turning off the passenger side airbag off which causes the passenger to not have airbag protection. This is a very common problem on all 2005 up MINICoopers.

- Altha, FL, USA

problem #21

Dec 222014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
The passenger airbag fault indicator light has come on with no apparent cause, illuminating whether there is a passenger in the seat or not. The dealer has determined it needs to be replaced at the cost of $1000+. based on the forums online, this seems to be an extremely common problem, so much so that MINIshould consider a voluntary recall and cover the repairs.

- Mableton, GA, USA

problem #20

Nov 072014


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 MINICooper. When starting the vehicle, the air bag fault light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the passenger safety sensor mat needed to be replaced. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #19

Jul 142012


  • 80,000 miles
When passengers or items were placed on the passenger seat the seatbelt and airbag warning lights would illuminate on the dash, but would go out after passenger or items were removed, and/or seatbelt was fastened. As of now both the airbag warning and seatbelt warning lights are illuminated, at all times, on the dash and will not return to normal state whether seatbelt is fastened or not. The airbag safety system is now disabled under normal driving operation due to these failures (airbag/seatbelt not ready state).

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #18

Nov 032014


  • miles
The airbag sensor light came on for no apparent reason. It is really unfair for me as consumer if I have to repair a factory defect because there is no recall.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #17

Sep 012014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
The air bag lights began illuminating intermittently on my 2007 MINICooper with 48,000 miles. Upon my mechanic scanning the computer we found that the passenger side air bag sensor is out of the seat. The only fix is to replace the entire passenger seat cushion (cost: $1500). I googled "MINICooper air bag light" and found thousands of people with the same problem on many different model years. When I contacted MINICooper and questioned why there hasn't been a recall issued, the person told me that since the passenger occupant still has the seat belt that the air bag malfunction is not a safety concern. When asked if the air bags would deploy on the passenger side in the event of an accident, he answered the question by saying "well, they still have their seat belt". if the air bags are not a safety feature of the car then why is it equipped with 8 air bags? please investigate this air bag malfunction because as a MINICooper owner, this is a big safety concern for me, as well as thousands of other MINICooper owners who have taken to the internet to express their frustrations. Thank you

- Rogersville, MO, USA

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