Recall Roundup: BMW Recalls 91K Mini Coopers to Fix Front Passenger Occupant-Detection System
By Jeff Youngs,
During the past week, several automakers, including BMW, Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, issued recalls that affect a total of approximately 119,000 passenger vehicles. The recalls affect vehicles dating back to the 2005 model year. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2013-2014 Dodge Viper
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US (FCA) is recalling 1,451 model-year 2013-2014 Dodge Viper vehicles manufactured October 1, 2012, to February 6, 2014. Moisture may get into the door switch, resulting in the driver or passenger door opening unexpectedly while the vehicle is in motion.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the door handle assemblies and top covers free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 18, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R14; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V178000.
2005-2008 Mini Cooper, Cooper S
BMW of North America (BMW) is recalling 91,800 model-year 2005-2006 Mini Cooper and Cooper S vehicles manufactured January 5, 2005, to November 28, 2006, and 2005-2008 Mini Cooper Convertible and Cooper S Convertible vehicles manufactured January 5, 2005, to July 31, 2008. Due to manufacturing, installation, and exposure issues, the front passenger seat occupant-detection mat may not function properly and, as a result, the front passenger air bag may not deploy in a crash.
Mini will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger seat occupant-detection mat free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 1, 2015. Owners may contact Mini customer service at 1-866-825-1525, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V205000.
2014-2015 Smart Fortwo, Fortwo Electric
Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes) is recalling 5,058 model-year 2014-2015 Smart Fortwo Coupes and Convertibles, and 2014 Fortwo Coupe Electric and Fortwo Convertible Electric vehicles. The affected vehicles have steering-gear mounting bolts that may break during vehicle operation.
Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering-gear mounting bolts free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Smart customer service at 1-800-762-7887, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V192000.
2009-2010 Volkswagen Routan
Volkswagen Group of America (Volkswagen) is recalling 20,676 model-year 2009 Routan vehicles manufactured June 25, 2008, to June 10, 2009, and 2010 Routan vehicles manufactured October 1, 2009, to August 11, 2010. Road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position and into the "Off" or "Accessory" position, turning off the engine and depowering various key safety systems including, but not limited to, air bags, power steering, and power braking. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch and key fobs free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2015 for 2009 Routan vehicles, and in August 2015 for 2010 Routan vehicles. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 28H1; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V194000. Note: This recall supersedes recalls 11V151 and 14V396. Vehicles that previously received an ignition switch trim ring as a recall remedy must have their vehicles remedied again under this campaign. Vehicles that have already received a new ignition switch are not covered by this campaign.