BMW Mini Cooper Recall Issued Over Risk of Short-Circuit, Fire

The Mini Cooper recall comes following multiple reports of vehicle fires in Canada.

Nearly 100,000 BMW Mini Coopers sold in certain states have been recalled, due to a design defect that may allow water to enter the vehicle’s electrical components, increasing the risk of a vehicle fire.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the BMW Mini Cooper recall on May 19, warning that water or road salt may enter the vehicle’s footwell control module located on the drivers side, which could increase the risk of a short circuiting event.

The affected control module is located near the front driver’s side footwell, and controls the window and lighting functions of the vehicle. According to the recall notice, water may enter the vehicle’s interior due to defects in the design of the sunroof drain hose, as well as severe changes in temperature and exposure to salt used for road treatment in inclement weather. Officials indicate the water can corrode the control unit over time, resulting in an electrical short-circuit that can lead to fire and burn injuries.

BWM first issued the Mini Cooper recall in 2018, after receiving at least 16 reports of the footwell control modules experiencing various degrees of thermal damage near the footwell control module. The recall was isolated to vehicles sold or registered in Canada only, with the automaker claiming the cause of the electrical failures was due to the country’s significant use of unique salt road treatments.

However, after BMW launched a repair campaign to fix the recalled vehicles, Transport Canada issued a notice to the automaker in January, indicating that it had received multiple reports of repaired vehicles catching on fire.

BMW launched an investigation which ultimately identified the control module corrosion as being caused by a variety of factors, including large changes in temperature where the vehicles experienced multiple cycles of freezing and thawing, the vehicles’ age, and their degree of exposure to salt road treatments, which allowed the intrusion of water into the vehicle. In vehicles equipped with a sunroof, the drain hose was found to be susceptible to damage and can detach from the drain tube, which can allow water to enter the vehicle and corrode the footwell control module over time.

Mini Cooper Vehicles Recalled In U.S. Over Fire Risks

The investigation further revealed that at least six incidents of thermal events had been recorded in the United States, impacting models that were equipped with a sunroof. As a result of the findings, the automaker expanded the recall to include vehicles that were sold throughout the U.S. in states where similar inclement weather and temperature changes could cause corrosion.

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The recall impacts approximately 97,933 model year 2008 through 2014 MINI Clubman Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works vehicles produced from July 25, 2007 through June 27, 2014, and model year 2007 through 2013 MINI Hardtop 2 Door Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works vehicles produced from November 16, 2006 through November 21, 2013.

The recall applies to vehicles that were sold or registered in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin.

Owners can expect to be notified of the recall by first class mail beginning on July 3, 2023 with instructions on how to schedule an appointment to receive free repair of their vehicle by an authorized MINI dealer. BWM will reimburse owners who have already repaired their vehicles at their own expense.

For more information on the recall, owners may contact BWM customer service at 1-866-825-1525. They may also contact the NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit their website at www.nhtsa.gov.

2 Comments

  • LouisDecember 6, 2023 at 8:40 am

    Mini is slow rolling a solution and lying to customers in the process. I was told by Mini USA to call my dealer and schedule an appointment as if the remedy was available; why else would they advise me to call considering the context of the concern raised? Recall based. When I called the dealer they of course had no idea what I was talking about. And now Mini is ignoring on X. Is there no recours[Show More]Mini is slow rolling a solution and lying to customers in the process. I was told by Mini USA to call my dealer and schedule an appointment as if the remedy was available; why else would they advise me to call considering the context of the concern raised? Recall based. When I called the dealer they of course had no idea what I was talking about. And now Mini is ignoring on X. Is there no recourse? This seems absolutely ridiculous and not right. This isn't a new problem for Mini, they had the same issue in Canada, but 7 months later, nothing!

  • KevinSeptember 13, 2023 at 9:47 pm

    Bought car 3 years ago . Have replaced battery 3 times. In hospital 40 daysJan, Feb 2years ago . Car was outside. I had long, slow recovery. Car flooded. Dried car interior. Has been under cover since . I had no idea BMW had a problem. Car was at DEALER AFTER I bought car lighting problems. They said corrosion ,cleaned .billed progressive auto sales , st.albans vt.VT., seller. Found drain tube d[Show More]Bought car 3 years ago . Have replaced battery 3 times. In hospital 40 daysJan, Feb 2years ago . Car was outside. I had long, slow recovery. Car flooded. Dried car interior. Has been under cover since . I had no idea BMW had a problem. Car was at DEALER AFTER I bought car lighting problems. They said corrosion ,cleaned .billed progressive auto sales , st.albans vt.VT., seller. Found drain tube disconnected reattached and secured . Had no type of securing clamp from factory .car was flat bedded to automaster , burlington VT. At my expense, 350.00 dollars. I knew this was a serious problem . Have kept battery disconnected. Say they need to inspect send pictures to BMW. Better fix car....

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