Last December MINI introduced the factory optional Recaro seats across most of the range. And after years of waiting and hoping, the US finally got them in March builds. For one glorious month all was well. Until MINI noticed some unusual wear spots on the Recaro seats of some Roadsters. Production was stopped and the seat belt anchor was supposedly being redesigned.

However yesterday MINI USA sent a note out to dealer telling them that the option has been officially discontinued for the Roadster. To our knowledge this is a worldwide decision based on the supplier of the seatbelt anchor not being able to adequately redesign the part to meet MINI’s quality requirements. So for those who got their March Roadsters with Recaros. You now have a collector’s item. And perhaps some wear marks on your seats.