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BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper two-door vehicles, 2015-2016 MINI John Cooper Works and MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper four-door vehicles and 2014-2015 BMW i3 vehicles. Due to a manufacturing error, the passenger frontal air bag may not deploy properly in a low speed crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."

MINI and BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on November 20, 2015. Owners may contact MINI customer service at 1-866-825-1525 and BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
 

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Wow, this is just getting nuts! For the past 3 months or so I've had to go back to the dealership 1-2 times a month for some small issues, large issues, and recalls. Looks like that'll be continuing next month. Going in next week for a whole new gas tank due to an issue. I still love my MINI to death though, it's just too **** fun to drive! Still these things, especially when it comes to airbags not deploying should have been caught by engineering before production even started.
 

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For now, as of yesterday, the air bag recall is only issued to the US market as reported. It could expand to other export markets as well. I don't see why it wouldn't given the seriousness of the issue at hand. This will be potentially my THIRD recall notice this year !
 

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A Recall is never a good thing and of course frustrating for the Owner but on the other hand this one is a relative small Recall for the moment. I was happy the way my last Recall was handled by my Mini Dealer so a Recall is not a big thing for me personally. It gives me a chance to lounge around at the Mini Dealer look at some other Cars and buy some Goodies.:)

It seems that every Brand now has recalls I bet a part of it is bring the cars as quickly to the market and cut cost at any price.

Here is one from Toyota that just came over this morning.

2 Million Toyotas Recalled for Fire Hazard

So you thought that the days when cars were being recalled for potentially setting themselves on fire were gone, right? Well, it turns out Toyota wants to keep that candle lit (pun absolutely intended). The company has just announced that it will recall around 2 million vehicles for an issue related to the driver’s power window master switch.

According to them, this electronic device can develop a short circuit that can cause the entire assembly inside the door to overheat and melt. There’s little room left from there on to a fiery death incident, as previous experiences have shown, and if you’re a Toyota owner, you’d better be careful when using your electric windows.

That’s because the short circuit is caused by a fault in the manufacturing process of the ensemble. Because of it, the part has been shipped with insufficient lubricant grease and that’s the reason why the melting of the switch can “produce smoke and potentially lead to a fire.” That’s not something you want to read in an official press release from the manufacturer of your car.

The cars affected are very popular too. The list includes 2007 to 2009 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid models, 2009 to 2011 Corollas, 2008 to 2011 Highlander and Highlander hybrid, 2009 to 2011 Matrix, 2006 to 2011 RAV4, 2009-2011 Sequoia and Tundra, 2006 - 2010 Yaris and 2009 - 2011 Scion xB and xD.

As it turns out, Toyota already had a recall for the same issue a while back, but it seems like not every possibly affected model was covered. This is for the cars that have been left out initially and were considered safe.

What surprised us the most, though, was the fact that instead of replacing the entire unit, Toyota decided to go another route to fix the problem. According to a press release, “Toyota dealers will inspect the switch and apply heat-resistant grease. If the switch is not operating normally, an internal circuit board will be replaced.”

Maybe that’s not the way to go. I don’t know about you, but I would prefer it if the whole thing was replaced and not fixed in a hurry by some dealership in my vicinity.

http://www.autoevolution.com/news/2-million-toyotas-recalled-for-fire-hazard-101213.html
 

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I see this stuff as more of a bureaucratic issue than a safety issue (much of the time)...whenever one country says it's a safety hazard and there are no recalls in other parts of the world, that just plain "smells"!


I DO NOT appreciate these recalls, as most of the time it's a lot to do about nothing!


I can appreciate safety just like everyone, but this is getting ridiculous, seriously! I am not sure how I will handle this if & when I get a notice.


Remember, it's "your car"! :(
 
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