hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,343 miles

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2006 Mini Cooper S seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Mini Cooper S Owner Comments

problem #16

Apr 152015

Cooper S

  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper S convertible. After the vehicle was started, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. In addition, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V205000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #15

Jun 202015

Cooper S

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper S convertible. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V205000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Peachtree Corners, GA, USA

problem #14

Apr 012014

Cooper S

  • 65,000 miles
Our 2006 MINIcooper air bag sensor goes on and off. The dealership indicated the entire seat would need to be replaced as is an embedded sensor. This does appear to be a safety issue but the vehicle is not one of the recalled MINIcoopers.

- Neenah, WI, USA

problem #13

Jan 032013

Cooper S 4-cyl

  • 8,000 miles


Airbag warning light stays on. Bubbles on run flat tires (one replaced). Rubber seals deteriorating on outside of vehicle. Water pump leaking (replaced). Upholstery is coming apart on drivers seat.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #12

Nov 052014

Cooper S 4-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
My 2006 MINIcooper convertible has intermittent experienced with passenger air bag warning light staying on even when passenger is in seat and properly buckled in. This should be a recall by BMW. Also, harmonic balancer broke at just under 60,000...and have heard this is a major problem on many MINIcoopers. BMW should be responsible for replacement. Faulty equipment. Also, convertible gasket needs replacing. Inferior material used by BMW. Very expensive to replace.

- Naples, FL, USA

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problem #11

Nov 062014

Cooper S

  • 50,020 miles
Passenger side airbag sensor is faulty, causing the airbag to not deploy in the event of a crash, even though there is a passenger in the car. This is a huge safety concern, and MINIneeds to do a recall. There are thousands out there with the same problem.

- San Diego , CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 102014

Cooper S

  • 107,500 miles


The passenger seat air bag sensor is defective, does not register that anybody is sitting in the seat and airbag system does not "arm". airbag disabled lights stay illuminated. I'm concerned that air bags will not deploy properly in the event of an accident. Needs to be fixed.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #9

Apr 302013

Cooper S 4-cyl

  • 79,586 miles
The seat belt indicator and air bag indicator lights have been intermittently coming on whether or not someone is in the seat. Now the air bag indicator light is always lit and the seat belt indicator is still intermittent. I spoke to the dealer we bought the car from and they will not test the condition under the warranty. We purchased the car on 12/22/2012. It will cost over $100 just for them to tell us if there is a malfunction. Sounds as though the repair will cost well over $1,000. From research on the internet, it sounds as though this is a common problem and BMW recalled the BMW models for a similar issue, but MINIwill not fix this known problem. I feel this is a safety issue as we do not know if the airbag system is working properly or not. Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

- Prosper, TX, USA

problem #8

Mar 012013

Cooper S 4-cyl

  • 46,500 miles
In 2010 my car's passenger air bag system warning came on and I took to the dealer to have repaired under warranty. The dealer replaced the seat because the seat mat occupancy detector had failed. In 2013, the lights came on again. I took back to the dealer and asked them to fix at no charge, as to have the same system fail twice on a car with less than 50,000 miles on it signaled a defective design. MINIrefused to repair at no cost and instead provided me with a $1,700 estimate to replace the seat and system. I have filed a formal complaint with MINIusa and am awaiting a response. This is a safety issue as the passenger airbag is effectively permanently off. I have read on this website and elsewhere that many owners are experiencing similar issues with this car.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #7

Apr 112013

Cooper S 4-cyl

  • 46,230 miles
Passenger seat belt light comes on intermittently.

- Pleasant Grove, UT, USA

problem #6

Sep 182012

Cooper S

  • 107,000 miles


Pass air bag light stays on.

- Poutsmouth, VA, USA

problem #5

Feb 242012

Cooper S 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
My 2006 MINIcooper S has a defective passenger seat air bag sensor, I was quoted $1200 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 being 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. BMW recall information... manufacturer: BMW of North America, llc, model year: 2004, 2005,2006, models affected:3 series, 5 series, X3, NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000, potential units affected: 200000,

- Commack, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 012012

Cooper S 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The passenger airbag off light came on with no one in the seat, when adult sat down the light did not go off. Also the airbag fault light came on. The seat belt warning light does not come on when passenger does not buckle seat belt.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 272012

Cooper S 4-cyl

  • 53,650 miles
While driving my 2006 MINIcooper convertible the power steering failed while making a turn on the off ramp of the highway. The passenger airbag warning light stays on indication that the airbag is not turned on.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 012011

Cooper S 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Passenger airbag light is on even if less then 25 lbs is on the passenger seat.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #1

Oct 102011

Cooper S

  • 60,000 miles
The passenger seat air bag warning light is on all the time, indicating less than 25 lbs is on the seat, even though there is nothing on the seat.

- Panama City, FL, USA

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