Mini Cooper S owners have reported 67 problems related to air bag light on (under the air bag category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Mini Cooper S based on all problems reported for the Cooper S.
The airbag light is on for the passenger side pressure mat but the dealership indicates there is no open recall on this particular car even though many cars with similar problem were recalled. Scan tool indicates passenger side pressure mat. The dealership indicated this model was outside of the recalled vins. We don't know whether the airbag would work or not if it were needed.
See all problems of the 2004 Mini Cooper S.
Passenger airbag light is erratic, sometimes it works, most times not.
See all problems of the 2007 Mini Cooper S.
The passenger side air bag light indicated the air bag was not engaged. The passenger seat started getting very hot (this model does not have heated seats). We removed the seat from the vehicle and innvestigated. We found that the air bag seat mat was overheating. The circuit was melted from the heat. If we had not removed the seat from the car it would have caught fire. The vehicle was parked in the garage at the time. However, the car was driven earlier in the day and the light was on then to indicate the passenger air bag was not on. There are no recalls for this 2010 model for this problem. However, there have been numerous complaints from other owners on the web. This does not appear to be an isolated incident. Fixing the problem is expensive too.
See all problems of the 2010 Mini Cooper S.
The contact owns a 2008 Mini Cooper S. While driving various speeds, the front passenger side air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the seat occupancy mat would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000.
See all problems of the 2008 Mini Cooper S.
I bought this car used with 86,100 miles on it. When driving within the first 500 miles, the airbag light and seat belt restraint system indicated on my dash (both the tachometer and the speedometer). An alert for the airbag appears as an icon on the tachometer. I took the car to the dealership who indicated the auto got wet which caused the air bag module to fail, which now needs replacement at a ridiculously high cost.
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.
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.
Passenger side airbag light on. Has been on for months.
See all problems of the 2009 Mini Cooper S.
Car was taken in to dealer just after report of Mini airbag recall of earlier models [including 2006]. Since car wasn't listed on recall list but I had experienced several months of passenger airbag light problems [ for no apparent reason]; I was concerned and asked for repair. The piece removed and replaced looked like it had melted. I was told if my model was ever recalled they would reimburse me the cost of the repair. I do not see my complaint on your list and surprised as I thought I was told it would be reported by the dealer. After the repair, I asked for the damaged part; however, it mysteriously could not be found. My question would be are these safety type issues required to be reported by dealers? I reviewed your list of complaints and there are a number of similar complaints to mine [8 postings by owners and 2 manufacturer comments]. I hope my drivers side components never fail as I am not sure it was replaced. Mechanic diagnosis; ran short test found passenger seat mat sensor bad. Replaced seat mat sensor no fault found after repair.
Airbag light will not go out, all these damn Mini coopers have problems with airbags, this is pretty important. . . Mini wants $1500 to repair a known issue. . . How many people need to die before Mini is forced to do the right thing and repair these frigging cars?????????????????.
After battery went dead, replaced with new battery and shortly after air bag light illuminated. Had independent shop clear code in 2015 inspected harness found nothing out of ordinary. 3 days later air bag light returned. Now in February 2018 had Mini of towson diagnose air bag light thinking the dealership can reset air bag light properly. Dealership recommended upgrading wiring harness under seat for 525 dollars. I have been on multiple forums and this air bag light is a common problem for 02-03 Minis, including 05-06, and 12-15 year Minis. My concern is that Mini knows this is a defective part from the manufacturer but refuses to stand by their product even when it could affect the safety of the purchaser of its vehicles. In the event NHTSA receives enough complaints to force Mini to issue a recall for this issue, I would like to be included as another dissatisfied consumer. Thank you for your time, garrett.
See all problems of the 2003 Mini Cooper S.
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.
See all problems of the 2006 Mini Cooper S.
The passenger seat air bag light is illuminated and cannot be reset due to a faulty occupation sensor. According to the service technician this will cause the air bag to malfunction if an accident were to occur. This is a common problem with these cars and costs over $1000 to repair and is not covered by the manufacturer.
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.
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.
See all problems of the 2005 Mini Cooper S.
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.
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|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||