Because of a production mix-up there are 75 Clubman (not Clubmans or Clubmen) rolling around the US with the EU style ABS symbol in the tach. The difference? On the EU version just the outer circle of the symbol illuminates, not the ABS letters. Major problem right? The NHTSA thought so and because of it those 75 affected can bring their cars into a dealer for a much safer (sarcasm alert) tachometer with the proper ABS symbol.
For details after the break.
Report Date : October 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM NHTSA Campaign ID number : 11V299000 Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s): MINI / COOPER CLUBMAN 2011 MINI / COOPER S CLUBMAN 2011 Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC Report Receipt Date: MAY 25, 2011 NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V299000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: INSTRUMENT PANEL Potential Number of Units Affected: 75 Summary: BMW Is recalling certain model year 2011 Mini Cooper Clubman and Cooper S Clubman vehicles manufactured from February 8, 2011, through May 11, 2011, for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standard No. 101, “Controls and Displays.” These vehicles are equipped with a European specification tachometer that uses brake-system telltales/symbols that do not meet U.S. requirements. Consequence: In the event of an ABS system problem, only the the outer circle of the symbol illuminates, not the ABS letters. As such, the driver may be unaware that there is a problem with the ABS, increasing the risk of a crash. Remedy: All affected vehicles have been repaired at dealerships. Therefore, an owner notification letter will not be issued for this campaign. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417. Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.