BMW Recalls i3, MINI Cooper For Air Bag Issue

2015 BMW i3

A new recall involving Takata air bags to pass along, but this one is currently not linked to the one involving millions of vehicles worldwide due to air bags that explode. This one involves air bags that may not be deploying all the way in some BMW i3 and MINI Cooper models.

The recall involves the 2014-2016 two-door MINI Cooper and Cooper S, the 2015-2016 two-door John Cooper Works variant, the 2015-2016 four-door Cooper and Cooper S, and the 2014-2015 i3 hybrid.

BMW says it received a warning from Takata earlier this year about the issue. The problem is apparently a timing issue with the second airbag stage, used to control inflation force based on the severity of the crash and the occupant’s body size.

“In a low speed crash (out-of-position/low risk deployment) in which the passenger-side front air bag deploys with the first stage only, inappropriate air bag restraint may be provided to the passenger, increasing the risk of injury,” the company notes in its recall filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.



BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper two-door vehicles, 2015-2016 MINI John Cooper Works and MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper four-door vehicles and 2014-2015 BMW i3 vehicles. Due to a manufacturing error, the passenger frontal air bag may not deploy properly in a low speed crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.”


In the event of a vehicle crash, an air bag that does not deploy properly increases the risk of injury to the front seat passenger.


MINI and BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on November 20, 2015. Owners may contact MINI customer service at 1-866-825-1525 and BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.


Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

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