In an expansive move, MINI USA has issued a recall affecting a broad range of vehicles sold or registered in multiple states and jurisdictions across the United States. The recall is intended to fix a serious issue where water can accumulate in the footwell, leading to short-circuit risk in an electronic control module. In a worst-case scenario, that could trigger a vehicle fire.
This new MINI recall will affect the R56 MINI Cooper, Cooper S and JCW along with the R55 MINI Clubman Cooper, Cooper S and JCW models. But just having that model doesn’t mean you’re part of this recall as it’s only valid in specific states including Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.
Why those states? It has to do with road salt. According to Mini, the corrosive nature of road salt can result in the deterioration of rubber seals, leading to the accumulation of water in the footwell area of the affected vehicles. Once water is there it can potentially short-circuit the electronic control module situated in the footwell which could lead to fire. This problem is of particular concern for cars equipped with sunroofs.
In response to this issue, Mini has reassured consumers that a solution is currently in development. Importantly, once this remedy is available, it will be provided to customers free of charge, as is customary for recall repairs.
However, it is crucial to note that despite the availability of free recall repairs, a significant number of individuals inadvertently overlook recall notices each year and continue to drive vehicles that require necessary safety fixes. To determine whether your car necessitates any vital safety repairs at no cost, we urge you to visit MINIUSA.com and check your VIN.