BMW of North America LLC is recalling an estimated 91,800 vehicles after the discovery of a faulty passenger detection mat that may fail to deploy the airbag during a crash. Because of manufacturing, installation and exposure issues, the front passenger seat occupant detection mat may not function properly and, as a result, the front passenger air bag may not deploy in a crash.
It was learned that an improperly functioning mat may cause the passenger frontal air bag to be inactive when the seat is occupied, and in the event of a crash, the air bag will not deploy, increasing the passenger’s risk of injury.
The recall affects certain model year 2005-2006 Mini Cooper and Cooper S vehicles manufactured between January 5, 2005 to November 28, 2006, and 2005-2008 Mini Cooper Convertible and Cooper S Convertible vehicles manufactured January 5, 2005, to July 31, 2008.
In the Philippines, Mini distributor British United Automobiles Inc. (BUAI), said none of the vehicles they sold in the country, since opening shop back in 2010, are affected by the recall. They, however, assured that they will still provide service to all Mini owners, even those not acquired from BUAI, for a fee.