Mini Cooper S owners have reported 57 problems related to air bag light on (under the air bag category).
Passenger airbag light say lite even though no one is seated in the passenger seat. Dealer said known issue but not part of recall. Quoted a very high price to have repaired.
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The contact owns a 2008 Mini Cooper S. While the front passenger seat was occupied, the air bag failure warning indicator illuminated, indicating that the entire air bag system was deactivated. The failure recurred each time a passenger was seated in the front passenger seat. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the seat occupancy mat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,500.
The air bag light came on and stays on constantly now regardless of whether there is a passenger in the car or not. Because it is the air bag light located on the center panel where all the lights and gauges are located rather than the one up by the rear view mirror that refers to the passenger seat only, I assume that at this time the air bag system is not operational. Is there a recall for the air bag system on this car? if so, I have not been notified.
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Airbag light is on full time, after a period of intermittent activity. There are hundreds of similar complaints on the web. The high cost of repairs seems to have resulted in a thriving business selling replacement "emulators" that imitate the sensor pad electrical characteristics. This is the same passenger seat occupancy sensor mat failure for which there have been extensive recalls for BMW vehicles made by the same manufacturer. Owner called Mini, was stonewalled and told there was no interest in hearing about the problem, just take it to a dealer. Asked dealer service rep if it was safe to drive in this condition, was told "I'm not allowed to answer that. " this is a safety issue that rises to the level of requiring a recall, as was done for earlier Mini years. Mini does not offer the sensor mat as a separate part, instead requires replacement of the seat upholstery, a $600+ BMW part number which is back ordered with no certain delivery date or price. Including labor, the cost to repair is 10% to 20% of the current sales price of this year Mini. Please, there can be no excuse for not recalling vehicles with this significant and expensive safety design flaw.
My 2006 BMW Mini Cooper S passenger air bag light sporadically is showing that it is deactivated regardless if there is a full sized adult or no one in the passenger seat. This has been a on going problem/concern will my passengers be protected in the event of a crash since the air bags are showing that they are shut off will they still work? I had it checked out at authorized Mini dealer and they said the entire passenger seat needs to be replaced because the seat sensor was sending off faulty signals. This is ridiculous - $2000! I have been researching this and it is an onging issue with this model. BMW had a similar problem with another one of their models and it had to be recalled. The same should happen with this car. They are putting peoples lives at risk with they install faulty passenger seat sensors and are charging an arm and a leg to fix their faulty part. Something needs to be done.
The contact owns a 2007 Mini Cooper S. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the air bag warning indicator illuminated continuously. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,500.
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The contact owns a 2006 Mini Cooper S. The contact stated that when the ignition was turned to the on position, the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The failure recurred continuously. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where it was diagnosed that the air bag sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15v205000 (air bags). The approximate failure mileage was 62,000. Updated 7/8/cn.
Air bag light turned on. Performed a fault survey and found there is 1 related fault code in the mrs control unit. Passenger seat occupancy sensor, not currently present, occurred 12 times. Need to replace the seat occupancy sensor and re program the mrs control unit. Total replacement cost: $1,164. 47 called Mini headquarters and was told there was no warranty or recall for my specific car. However, they told me that the 2005, 2006 Mini cooper had a recall for the seat sensor. This is a major problem and should be recalled for the 2007 model as well.
Passenger airbag light constant on and disabled even if I have passenger. There are numerous attempts to talk to the san francisco dealer to have to defect fix the previous owner not able to affort to get it fix.
The contact owns a 2007 Mini Cooper S. The contact stated that the driver side air bag indicator illuminated. The dealer repaired the vehicle, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 100,000.
The airbag light that warns of the passenger airbag being turned off comes on sometimes when nobody is in the seat and sometimes when a full sized adult is in the seat. From what I have read this means the airbag sensor is defective and the airbag could either fail to work or deploy when it should not. I have learned that BMW issued recalls for many of their cars built with this particular seat sensor but have not done so with the Mini. Are you aware of a recall for the Mini? we are very worried about using this car to carry a passenger but we have to do so every day. Your help will be greatly appreciated.
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Vehicle was parked in garage for 3 months. When vehicle was started, the air bag light remained on. It has not turned off for 6 months and will not pass state inspection. The battery was strong enough to start the car with no problem and the vehicle has in a garage the entire time. When the vehicle was parked, all systems were functioning.
The passenger seat air bag light came on and will not go off. I was advised by an authorized Mini copper mechanic that the passenger seat air bag sensor is bad. It's my understanding that Mini cooper USA is not owning up to their responsibility to recall and repair what could possibly be a life safety problem. The leather seat is practically new and there's no excuse for this faulty air bag sensor seat/equipment. There was a recall for BMW's with the same issue. It's very disappointing.
Saturday night, Dec. 28, 2013. I go downtown with my girlfriend. She has a big bag so we let the passenger seat up to put her bag in the back seat. As soon as she sits down and we begin to drive air bag light in the roof and pre belt tensioner goes off. I check the seat and seat belt. Nothing visibly wrong. My girlfriend is 5'4 120 lbs. This is ridiculous. I googled the problem and find out BMW who makes Mini cooper knows this is a problem and issued a recall on earlier years but later years need a recall as well as this is angling dangerous and expensive issue to fix. You can find problems all over the net regarding this issue. Make BMW-Mini cooper fix this issue that they know about before someone gets hurt.
Air bag indicator came on, and the "passenger air bag off" indicator came on simultaneously. Called Mini cooper of pensacola, FL and they said the car was not eligible for repair. They said the bag would deploy if their was an accident at full force. I bought the car for my grand daughter and feel the air bags should be active and operable for the life of the vehicle. There are numerous complaints on the internet about this issue. I feel BMW is negligent in not recalling these vehicles and correcting a major flaw, and inherent safety issue.
The air bag light is on and says the passenger air bag is turned off. It appears that there is a weight sensor in the seat and it is defective. I have researched this issue on the internet and have found this to be a common problem. One of my concerns is that thaere is conflicting information ot there as to weather the air bags will work or not in this condition. The dealer fix cost between 1000 and 1200 dollars to fix. These safety items should last the life of the car and not cost this much to repair. Why isn't BMW recalling this car and fixing an obvious defect?.
Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Mini Cooper S. The contact stated that when the vehicle was started, the air bag warning indicator was consistently illuminated. The failure recurred each time the vehicle was started. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15v205000 (air bags). The approximate failure mileage was 50,000. Sw.
Passenger safety indicator light remains on. Called local Mini service center after reading multiple complaints on this issue and they stated they (Mini USA) have/will not service/repair the faulty seat module. This must be considered as a safety issue for the passenger and should be dealt with under an extended warranty or recall.
My air bag light on the passenger side is on. Mini dealer says it is a broken sensor in the seat. I checked online forums and this is a common problem lots of complaints. Mini will not correct the problem unless I pay. It seems as if this is a safety issue and not an isolated case. I would think because of the nature of the problem there should be a recall.
The contact owns a 2006 Mini Cooper S. The contact stated that the passenger seat air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.
The contact owns a 2005 Mini Cooper S. The contact stated while driving at various speeds, the two air bag lights illuminated stating that the air bags were off despite a passenger being in the seat. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the passenger side air bag mat sensor would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified but they offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 74,000.
Passenger side airbag indicator lights up. No one has ever sat in the seat. Repair estimate is $1,600. 00. This is a safety issue and should be covered.
2006 Mini Cooper S passenger airbag light (above rearview mirror) is illuminated constantly (seat occupied or not). Local Mini cooper dealership says the problem is the sensor pad, which is woven into the seat bottom, and the whole seat bottom must be replaced at a cost of $1650. Dealer service manager says that Mini USA will not help with this, as the car is out of warranty and has 100k miles. I used an srs scan tool to confirm that code 71 (seat occupancy sensor ii) is set and comes right back after clearing it. Quick search through NHTSA complaints and online Mini enthusiast forums shows this is a frequent problem, especially in the 2005-06 model years. Clearly a severe safety defect which Mini USA (BMW) should have addressed. No one can tell me if the passenger airbag will deploy in a crash or not. I also find it interesting the wide range of repair costs that others who have posted here were quoted by their local Mini dealers (seems like anywhere from $1000 - $2000). Something is not right with that.
Airbag light on center display as well as yellow airbag off light on overhead console intermittently appear and disappear for no apparent reason. Mini want over $1500 to replace a seat bottom pad sensor.
I took my 2002 Mini Cooper S in for a virginia state safety inspection and it failed the inspection because the srs airbag light was illuminated. I took the vehicle to the dealer and they found that the seat belt tensioner and wiring to the seat belt and passenger side airbag were faulty. The dealer is charging me $1,000 to repair the problem. I have seen that there was an investigation pe05053 resulting in BMW acknowledging there is an issue with the faulty wiring and seat belt tensioner. And it states that the electrical resistance is high enough to illuminate the airbag light but does not exceed a limit to set the airbag off. My problem is if the airbag light is illuminated I cannot pass virginia's strict safety inspection and if it is a problem that has been identified by BMW why are they not recalling all vehicles to fix this problem. My vehicle has 81,000 miles on it way under the 150,0000 mile warranty and I am right at the ten year mark. BMW told me that there is not a recall and that there is only a bulletin telling the mechanics that there is an issue to be aware of. BMW would not repair this under a warranty.
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|Air Bag Light On problems||
|Warning Light On problems||
|Front Air Bag Sensor Control problems||
|Air Bag problems||
|Air Bag Not Deploy problems||
|Side/window Air Bag problems||
|Front Air Bag problems||
|Air Bag On-off Switch problems||
|Front Driver Side Air Bag Inflator problems||