We’ve been informed that MINI USA has quietly begun offering owners a chance to replace their exhaust tips to keep them from extending too far from the edge of the car. As reported previously on MotoringFile, the NHTSA is looking into several complaints (three to be exact) that they have received leg burns from contact with the exhaust pipe on the R56. The Feds are currently conducting an “engineering analysis”, which is sometimes a precursor to a safety recall.
We’ve been told MINI USA is taking this step to avoid an actual recall. So if you have an ’07 or ’08 R56 MINI and really really want short tailpipes, head down to your MINI dealer.