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Air Bag Light On Problems of Mini Cooper S - part 1



Mini Cooper S owners have reported 47 problems related to air bag light on (under the air bag category).

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Mini Cooper S 1
Failure Date: 01/07/2015

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.

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car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Mini Cooper S 2
Failure Date: 01/01/2015

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.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2007 Mini Cooper S 3
Failure Date: 06/09/2014

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.

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car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2005 Mini Cooper S 4
Failure Date: 04/29/2014

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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car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Mini Cooper S 5
Failure Date: 04/15/2014

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.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Mini Cooper S 6
Failure Date: 03/14/2014

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.


car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2007 Mini Cooper S 7
Failure Date: 12/28/2013

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.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2005 Mini Cooper S 8
Failure Date: 08/13/2013

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.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2005 Mini Cooper S 9
Failure Date: 07/26/2013

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?.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2005 Mini Cooper S 10
Failure Date: 06/11/2013

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.


 
car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2005 Mini Cooper S 11
Failure Date: 05/14/2013

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.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2007 Mini Cooper S 12
Failure Date: 03/01/2013

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.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Mini Cooper S 13
Failure Date: 01/29/2013

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.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2005 Mini Cooper S 14
Failure Date: 12/03/2012

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.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2002 Mini Cooper S 15
Failure Date: 08/01/2012

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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car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2004 Mini Cooper S 16
Failure Date: 07/29/2012

Air bag light came on. Shutting off and restarting car, the light will go out but comes back on within seconds. This occurred after adjusting passenger seat.

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car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2005 Mini Cooper S 17
Failure Date: 06/14/2012

Air bag light keeps coming on due to faulty oc sensors, and faulty oc sensor connectors. Mini USA refused extended warranty on sensor, or recall while passenger safety is in jeopardy. The passenger side air bag warning indicator illuminated until the engine was turned off. The failure occurred whenever the engine was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated the front passenger seat sensor pad was faulty and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem in which there was no resolution. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000. I believe this is a safety related issue that should be addressed by the dealer as a warranty issue as I am not comfortable with the current situation but do not want to pay for an expensive safety related defect. I am the original owner of the vehicle and still have it. Part failed is a seat sensor. Dealer wants close to $2k to replace it, but it failed a long, long, long time ago. I would think it should last longer than 2 or 3 years. . Read more...

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2005 Mini Cooper S 18
Failure Date: 04/05/2012

Air bag light keeps coming on due to faulty oc sensors, and faulty oc sensor connectors. Mini USA refuses extended warranty on sensor, or recall while passenger safety is in jeapardy.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2005 Mini Cooper S 19
Failure Date: 04/01/2012

I had returned home to California after living in hawaii for a few months. I got in my car, drove it for a few days, only to find that while on one of those drives my airbag light illuminated. Not one person had driven my car since I had been gone. I took my car into BMW and after paying $180 for just a diagnostic fee, I am now told that my "passenger side floor mat sensor" has gone bad and will need replacing for $1,600. They said they would have to replace my entire seat for this. BMW has, supposedly, recognized this same exact issue in other BMW models on the passenger floor side and is indeed a manufacturers defect and has recalled bmws accordingly. However, with the Minis, they have not fessed up to this being a manufacturers defect and the dealer now wants $1,600 from me. I have absolutely zero motivation to pay for something that did not break under my watch, and something that is clearly a manufacturers defect. My car was sitting in a garage under a car cover for 3 months, and there is no way with just 50,000 miles on my car that this should be happening. Because I refuse to give them $1,600, my passengers are now at risk for an airbag either a) going off when not supposed to, or b) not working at all. I pay top dollar for this car and it is an absolute disgrace that BMW will not recognize that this is a safety issue above all. I am really hoping that someone will not have to lose their life over this faulty airbag that they are trying to make customers pay for. I expect top service from a top brand like Mini and BMW, and so far they have not taken responsibility for an issue that is clearly their fault.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Mini Cooper S 20
Failure Date: 03/12/2012

I have a Mini s 2006. Approximately 2 weeks ago the dash airbag light came on. Then went off. Now the light stays on constantly. I was told this is a 1300. 00 job. My car is in excellent shape. The car has a defect somewhere, 75000 miles? the air bag sensor should not be faulty.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Mini Cooper S 21
Failure Date: 03/01/2012

Passenger airbag light comes on intermittantly. This has been reported countless times with 2005-2006 Mini Cooper S vehicles. The identical part from BMW was part of a recall in the last few years.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2003 Mini Cooper S 22
Failure Date: 02/11/2012

Nothing really special happend other than the airbag light randomly came on. I didnt hit anything or hit a big bump. I adjusted my seat and I have read that Mini cooper may have made the wires underneath the seat too short so when you recline or move the seat forward for passengers it could trigger.

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car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Mini Cooper S 23
Failure Date: 01/19/2012

The pax airbag light both on dashboard and above rear view mirror are lit and stay that way after a period of on and off with someone stating in that seat. On the blog of Mini coopers a lot of complaint about this happening in BMW the maker of Mini coopers and the 05, 06 Mini cooper model. It is a safety issue! a very expensive fix at $1500. 00 when is there going to be a recall?.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2005 Mini Cooper S 24
Failure Date: 01/10/2012

Air bag sensor lights remain illuminated when ignition is powered. Seat can be either occupied or unoccupied. Initial problem intermittent, within 1 month problem constant, both airbag lights remain on. There are (2) airbag lights in this vehicle, one red lamp that is in the dash, the second a yellow lamp located near the inside center rear view mirror. Feedback appears that the issue is the airbag sensor located in the passenger seat bottom after studying several similar complaints commented on a Mini owners website. This is also a known problem occurring on BMW vehicles that is covered under warranty.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Mini Cooper S 25
Failure Date: 07/06/2011

The passenger's seat mat airbag sensor has failed in my car and the airbag light remains lit at all times. This has happened twice now, the first time at 28801 miles and now again at 52300 miles. I paid $1200 for a full seat bottom replacement at the Mini dealership to correct the problem and now, 3 years later, the new seat has failed in the same manner. BMW has issued a recall for the exact same issue for their cars from the same year which use the same malfunctioning parts and Mini needs to do the same for their customers. This is an expensive and recurring known safety issue that consumers should not be held responsible for. I have had 2 different Mini dealerships acknowledge that they have had to fix this problem in countless 2005 and 2006 model year Minis, yet there is no offer to rectify the issue despite the fact that I already had to pay out of pocket once.