really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,480 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Mini Cooper seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2009 Mini Cooper:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2009 Mini Cooper Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #48

Nov 012015


  • 65,000 miles


At approximately 65,000, 2009 MINICooper R56 air bag sensor light would flicker on and off, but now stays on all the time. No idea if this means that air bags will fail.

- Farmers Branch, TX, USA

problem #47

Feb 142016


  • 120,000 miles
Takata recall the warning indicator that my passenger air bag is off comes on frequently (with or without passenger). I am afraid to let anyone ride in my car. When I took it to the dealer they said it was an internal failure of passenger side front mat sensor, that I had not done anything to cause the problem, that there was a worldwide shortage of the part, and that it is a $1200 fix. I do not believe I should have to pay for that repair!! I wrote to BMW in July---no response. This happens every time I drive somewhere---with or without passenger. It comes on and off.....driving or stationary, all situations. The only documentation I have is copy of the dealership labor report from the diagnosis and a copy of my 7-19-2016 letter to BMW sent via email to miniusa.com. I have no way to scan those to attach.

- Toledo, IL, USA

problem #46

Sep 122016


  • 71,000 miles
My airbag sensor light is on continuously and my mechanic diagnosed it as passenger side airbag sensor mat problem. This is the same problem that resulted in a recall for 2005-2008 models in the NHTSA campaign number 15V205000. I've called my local BMW/MINIservice department, but they say it's not part of the recall and there's nothing they can do.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #45

Jun 042013


  • 350,000 miles


Occupancy air bag light stays on replacement 2 times now on again hit a bump it could at times go off. Replaced the water pump and oil pump not even at 60,000 miles

- Broken Bow, OK, USA

problem #44

Jun 272016


  • 49,612 miles
Passenger side airbag warning light keeps coming on whether a passenger is seated or not in front seat. It originally went on and off at sporadic times and mimi told me that I should not place anything on passengers seat like my handbag as it will assume a passenger is sitting in the seat. The later part of June 2016, it came on and stayed on continuously. Currently, have an outstanding repair order with MINIbut was told part has been on back order for well over a month. Price quoted for repair $1240. I drive the interstate on a daily basis and am concerned that the air bags will not deploy if I'm involved in an accident. The light comes on as soon as the car is started and will sometimes go off for a few minutes while driving, but will then come back on.

- Plant City, FL, USA

Search CarComplaints.com for these popular complaint phrases...

problem #43

Jul 312016


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 MINICooper. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator had illuminated and remained illuminated. Due to the air bag warning indicator illuminating, the air bag warning chime was activated as well. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to be diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 15V205000 (air bags) however the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was approximately 66,000.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #42

Jul 042016


  • 59,960 miles


I went out of the country for 21 day and left my MINIparked in the garage. I am the only driver of my car and take pride in appearance and maintenance. I was extremely surprised when I returned the warning lights was on. The mileage is just under 60000. The seat belt and airbag warning light on out of the blue (stays on). When I took my MINIto the auto repair shop, it was suggested to look for recalls first. Upon research found alot of complaints about the same issue but no recalls for 2009. This is very disappointing and BMW should be ashamed. I will never purchase another product from BMW and will warn others before they consider making the same mistake. I will be trading my car in for an american made vehicle.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #41

Dec 012015


  • miles
Airbag sensor mat does not recognize whether a person is sitting on the passenger side thereby not activating the airbag; this has been happening on & off for months; passenger airbag light comes on immediately despite occupancy while parked and during driving (all conditions-highway, city street, turning. This issue started right after the warranty was over. This is a safety hazard, as none of the airbags will deploy in case of impact. I fear for my safety. This is a manufacturing defect.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #40

Jun 242016


  • 55,000 miles
The car has 55000 miles and the airbag light is on. After research the problem seems to be with the passenger occupancy sensor, also known as a passenger occupancy mat. MINIhas recalled many vehicles for this reason, however they continue to refuse the problems continues with the 2009 model. This is a safety and costly issue.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #39

May 012015


  • 38,000 miles
Faulty seat belt light/ airbag on.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #38

Jun 302016


  • 41,513 miles


I had an accident on 6-30-2016 where I lost control of my car due to hitting first a soft shoulder of the hwy. SR145 travelling at a speed of approx. 50-55 mph. I grazed a power pole on driver's side door and ran through three large wooden posts on a ranchers property. The car spun at AN180 angle leaving me in the field facing the opposite direction for which I was headed. Not one airbag deployed on impact!!! I am concerned that these airbags and/or installation is faulty and chp office said I could have been killed if the right front tire had not blown causing me to veer just to the right of the power/telephone pole. Power to the area was knocked out for approx. 1 hour. I do have copies of the police report and about 18 pictures of the accident with two pictures being a closeup of my 2009 MINIcooper. Please let me know if you need anything else?

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #37

May 272015


  • 44,037 miles
Car was taken in to dealer just after report of MINIairbag recall of earlier models [including 2006]. since car wasn't listed on recall list but I had experienced several months of passenger airbag light problems [ for no apparent reason]; I was concerned and asked for repair. The piece removed and replaced looked like it had melted. I was told if my model was ever recalled they would reimburse me the cost of the repair. I do not see my complaint on your list and surprised as I thought I was told it would be reported by the dealer. After the repair, I asked for the damaged part; however, it mysteriously could not be found. My question would be are these safety type issues required to be reported by dealers? I reviewed your list of complaints and there are a number of similar complaints to mine [8 postings by owners and 2 manufacturer comments]. I hope my drivers side components never fail as I am not sure it was replaced. Mechanic diagnosis; ran short test found passenger seat mat sensor bad. Replaced seat mat sensor no fault found after repair.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #36

Aug 102015


  • 80,000 miles
Passenger seat air bag alarm is on constantly. We were told by MINIdealer that the pad that controls the air bag is faulty, or cracked. They also informed us that this exact problem is under recall for models 2005 to 2008, but not our 2009. We contacted MINIusa and they said they don't control recalls.

- Terrell, TX, USA

problem #35

Apr 112016


  • 70,000 miles
Occupancy sensor 15V/205 R56 is busted

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #34

Mar 102014


  • miles
Takata recall....my passenger air bag light has been on for two yrs now and for no reason I'm a single man with no dependent children so rarely is anyone sitting on the passenger side. Dealership want 100's for repair.rreally..so I have let it on.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #33

Aug 312014


  • miles
Takata recall: The airbag light came on over a year ago and it says that the passenger air bag is turned off. It will come on and off randomly. I brought it in to the certified independent MINImechanic in town who said the passenger occupancy sensor is faulty and will need to be replaced. As it is right now, the passenger airbag would not deploy in the case of an accident.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #32

Apr 042016


  • 54,000 miles
Air bag warning light flashing on intermittently during operation of vehical and passenger air bag overhead status light coming on saying air bag is deactivated while an adult passenger is sitting in the front passenger seat. This happens both when vehicle is moving and stopped. Problem is ongoing.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #31

Apr 012015


  • 40,000 miles
Airbag occupancy light stays on when passenger is no longer in car, sometimes occupancy light goes on and turns back off while passenger is sitting in car and driving at speed. MINIBMW claims that the 2009 hardtops are not included in their recent recall for earlier models, but the problem obvious still exists. Really dangerous to have passengers in the car!

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #30

Jan 222016


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 MINICooper. While driving at various speeds, the passenger side air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact stated that the failure occurred intermittently and became worse over time. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the air bag module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #29

Mar 152016


  • miles
Timing chain, passenger airbag sensor when in motion.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?