— The MINI Cooper Hardtop has traveled rough roads the past few months with the announcement 1,928 model year 2014-2015 MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Hardtop 2-door cars have transmission problems.
This recall follows the December 16 recall of about 850 model year 2015 MINI Cooper 2-door Hardtops to fix problems with the seats. In November, the 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-door was recalled because the spare tire could separate from the car.
Then in October 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said BMW would be forced to lower its miles per gallon values on the 2014 MINI Cooper.
BMW now says if the 2014-2015 MINI Cooper or MINI Cooper S Hardtop 2-door has been in a service department, the dealers might have mistakenly reprogrammed the transmission control units. The automaker says the transmission control unit might have software problems that can cause a driver to believe the car is in "park" when it's not. The car could roll down the street because the transmission really wasn't in park.
MINI Cooper says the recall will start February 1, 2015. The automaker says the problem can be fixed by reprogramming the transmission control module with the correct software.
Owners of the 2014-2015 MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Hardtop 2-door cars can contact the automaker at 866-825-1525.