BMW recalling Mini Coopers to fix air bag problem

Unsold 2008 Cooper S hatchbacks sit at a Mini dealership in the south Denver suburb of Littleton, Colo., on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(AP) — BMW is recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix a defect that may prevent the air bag on the front passenger side of the cars from deploying in a crash.

The problem affects the 2005 to 2008 models of the Mini Cooper and Cooper S. BMW says the air bag may not work properly because of an issue that might prevent the vehicles’ mat detection system from sensing a passenger sitting in the front seat.

BMW told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it has been notified of one minor injury linked to the defect.

To repair the problem, BMW will replace the detection mat in the affected models for free. The recall will begin May 1.

Vehicle owners can get further information at 1-888-327-4236 or click here.

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