hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,035 miles

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2007 Mini Cooper seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 192016


  • 98,000 miles


2007 MINICooper S, hatchback. The passenger airbag (off) light, indicating the passenger airbag is disarmed, is on at all times regardless of passenger. Additionally, the dashboard warning lights for my airbag system and seatbelt are illuminated at all times. The codes identified by the MINIdealership in honolulu indicate the passenger seat occupancy sensor has a fault. Looking under the seat, it could be a faulty wiring harness or faulty connecter as they appear vulnerable to seat movement forward or backwards. The MINIdealership also stated the obnoxiously expensive part was on national back-order.

- Kailua, HI, USA

problem #6

Sep 072015


  • 97,000 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.

- Tuckahoe, NY, USA

problem #5

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 #4

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 #3

Aug 162011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 51,842 miles
After multiple frustrating complaints and unsuccessful service attempts on 8/17/11, 9/1/11, 9/6/11, 9/21/11 and 9/28/11 for my 2007 MINICooper S (purchased on 8/16/11) at mayors auto mall Saab located at 6001 northern boulevard, woodside NY 11377 and failing inspection on 9/1/12; I was fed up and brought my vehicle directly to hassel BMW MINIof freeport located at 100 cleveland avenue, freeport NY 11520 on 10/31/11. After a service bill of $3,546 (service) +$141.21 (evaluation fee) = $3,688.03 from BMW MINIthe problems were still not resolved. I then filed a lemon law case against mayors auto mall and won on. Despite winning the case, mayors auto mall refused to return my monies for the purchase price of vehicle. After contacting dmv with the issue and having them suspending their business license, mayors auto mall finally refunded my monies for vehicle purchase but it was excluding service bills of $3,688.03 from BMW MINIsince lemon law did not cover this amount. I am filing a complaint against BMW MINIand would like to find out possible remedies for getting a refund services paid towards a vehicle that I no longer have due to lemon law case and am out of $3,688.03 for no reason. I understand BMW MINIis currently being sued for these same issues by many consumers. Please contact me with any possible information you may be able to provide regarding my case. I am in awe shock that I am still dealing with this and it has been 3 years already since I had to return the car to mayors auto mall. Thank you for your concern with this matter and would appreciate any information you are able to provide.

- Flushing, NY, USA

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problem #2

Sep 112011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 6,700 miles
I purchased car from a private party. The rear seat was removed for a custom audio system. I have the seats but they never gave me the rear seat, seat belts. Is it the sellers' responsibility to provide them? you can imagine, I feel cheated, as I plan on pulling the audio and re-installing the seat.

- Annapolis , MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 042012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 41,092 miles
The front passenger side seat belt does not engage and lock on an intermittent basis. When the problem occurs, we are faced with the choice of sitting for 5-10-15 minutes trying repeatedly to get the seat belt to engage and lock, or taking off without buckling the front passenger until the problem clears up, or transferring the passenger to the rear seat until the problem is resolved. Ridiculous. The servicing dealer (morristown MINIcannot replicate the issue, which is not surprising, since the problem is intermittent. They do not want to repair/replace any parts since they cannot replicate it. I called MINIat their corporate 800 number but they state they can do nothing; the have merely logged the complaint. I had purchased an extended MINImaintenance program upgrade and also a 3rd party extended warranty from the dealer that sold me the car, princeton MINIin princeton NJ. Apparently those offer no relief, either, as I called both them and MINIand was told seat belts are excluded once out of warranty. So at this time I have a rolling safety and liability hazard pertaining to a front passenger seat belt that neither the dealer nor manufacturer wish to address. Please help! thank you.

- Clinton, NJ, USA

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