April 29, 2003
BMW Has Recalled the 2003 Mini Cooper
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the
Models: Mini Cooper Year: 2003
Number Potentially Involved: 5,110
Dates of Manufacture: September - November 2002
Defect: On certain passenger vehicles, due to a production problem with the
lower screw connection of the rear struts to the chassis, the head (top) of
the screw securing this connection may break. The remaining portion of the
screw will still hold the strut in place for some time. However, if left
unattended over a longer period of time, and depending on driving
conditions, the remaining portion of the screw may break. If it breaks, the
chassis could lean directly on the tire, diminishing the driver’s ability to
control the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the lower screw connection of the rear struts.
The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin
during April 2003. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.
[NHTSA Recall No. 03V086].
Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list
auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA
CAMPAIGN ID Number.
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.
Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!
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