hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,031 miles

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2008 Mini Cooper Clubman seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Mini Cooper Clubman Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 192016

Cooper Clubman

  • 112,000 miles


Airbag warning light on because of faulty passenger side seat mat sensor. Airbags are disabled without repair/replacement.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #7

Nov 022015

Cooper Clubman

  • 74,807 miles
The passenger air bag seat sensor is not working. Air bag indicator displays air bag is off when a passenger is in the front passenger seat. Multiple warnings indicate a passenger restraint system failure. No incident occurred to make this happen.

- Winter Springs, FL, USA

problem #6

Jan 072015

Cooper Clubman

  • 90,000 miles
The seat belt warning indicator is lit up while there is no one present in the front passenger seat.when there is a passenger in the seat, the air bag is off indicator light is sometimes illuminated. The warning indicator is intermittent and the seat belt warning indicator is intermittent. There are no error codes that are pulling from the standard obd port. There is a long history of known issues related to the passenger mat. I am concerned about the safety of my passengers and the airbag system as a whole.

- St. Cloud, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 072014

Cooper Clubman

  • 19,563 miles


I took the car to the local authorized MINIcooper dealer where a diagnostic was run. The dealer stated that the passenger seat mat needed to be replaced in order to maintain the integrity of the airbag system. MINIcooper has been forced to recall 2008 convertibles for this problem, but refuses to fix the same year countryman models. This is a safety issue that required me to pay to have the passenger seat replaced. This repair cost me $ 1,800, and MINIcooper refuses to compensate me for the repair.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #4

Oct 102014

Cooper Clubman

  • miles
Driving with an adult in the passenger seat, the "passenger side airbag is off" light turned on. After shifting in the seat the light turned off. This has happened several times. This is an issue with the airbag mat and is a common problem for minis. Have also reported this problem with a 2005 MINIcooper. Reading online numerous other people have had similar problems. Keep waiting for a recall because it is an expensive problem to fix.

- Houston, TX, USA

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problem #3

Jun 242014

Cooper Clubman 4-cyl Diesel

  • 19,400 miles
The passenger seat occupancy light lit up in 2 places on dash information-there was no occupant in the seat. Researching this issue @ MINIcooper web sites indicates this is a common problem and has persisted for at least 10 years. It is an extremely expensive repair (usually between $1600 & $2600) as the occupancy sensor (for air bag deployment) is sewn into the bottom of the seat & the repair calls for the bottom cover of the seat to be replaces with a new sensor pre-sewn in. The sites offer "emulator" kits which tricks the sensor-but will prohibit air bag deployment in many cases. The kits sell for approximately $79. This is a real safety danger.

- Sedona, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jun 252014

Cooper Clubman 4-cyl

  • 19,475 miles
Air bag warning light went off even though there was no accident. No one was sitting in the passenger seat, and I (the driver), had my belt on. I tried buckling the passenger belt, but the light remained on. I think this is a safety issue because I do not know if the airbag is defective, or whether there is a sensor problem, and the seat belt and airbags for the passenger are operable. There appear to be a lot of complaints about false airbag lights, illuminating.

- Rio Verde, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jul 152011

Cooper Clubman 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The front passenger seat occupancy airbag sensor has failed. Consequently the front passenger airbag is turned off even if the seat is occupied. This is an ongoing problem with previous MINIs and BMW's and warrants a safety recall. This is an expensive repair and previous older model MINIs and BMW's have been recalled to fix this issue.

- Forest City, NC, USA

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