MINI USA is officially recalling all 560 2009 JCW MINIs due braking issues. It’s not entirely clear in the description given by the NHTSA but it would seem that the brakes either aren’t the correct size or are simply not what was said to be offered on the car. Here’s an excerpt Inside Line which quotes the NHTSA:

>The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its recalls summary pointed out that the affected vehicles have the 16-inch diameter, not 17-inch, front brake discs. “Depending on traffic and road conditions, as well as a driver’s reactions, reduced brake performance could increase the risk of a crash,” NHTSA said.

The NHTSA goes on to say that “conditions of intense brake usage, braking performance would be reduced.”

Now we know that 16-inch or 17-inch does not reflect the diameter of rotors, but it does reflect the general size. As we get more information, we’ll pass it along to you. Until you can download the NHTSA’s PDF regarding this issue below.

+ MINI JCW Brake Recall / NHTSA PDF