Monday, April 20, 2015
BMW recalls 91,000 Mini Coopers for seat mats. Bloomberg News (4/19, Farrell, 2.94M) reports that BMW of North America is recalling “about 91,800 Mini Coopers in the U.S.” in order to address a problem “with the passenger seat mat that may prevent the air bag from deploying.” NHTSA posted the recall notice on its website yesterday, which said that the sensor in the front passenger seat may not register the presence of a person, making it possible that the airbag might not deploy in a crash, even if the seat were occupied.
The AP (4/19) reports that the issue pertains to “the 2005 and 2008 models of the Mini Cooper and Cooper S.”Reuters (4/19) reports, BMW will replace the passenger-side mat on recalled vehicles. NBC News (4/18, 2.71M) and CNN (4/18, Almasy, 2.05M) had similar coverage.