This has nothing to do with Takata's airbag issues.
Mini will recall 7,810 examples of the 2016-2017 Clubman in the United States because of an issue with the side curtain airbags. The affected vehicles have build dates from August 19, 2015, through July 14, 2016. The company also has a stop delivery on 4,867 of these wagons until technicians can repair them, and there are already approximately 2,670 of them in dealer inventories.
A perforated fabric cover surrounds the side curtain airbag, and perforations on it assist in the safety device’s deployment. However, the current design might not position the airbag in the right place when it activates. Other Mini models use a different side curtain airbag, so this problem doesn’t affect them.
Mini discovered this issue when supplier Autoliv noticed during a test that the airbag didn’t deploy correctly around the A pillar. The company believed that the perforations on fabric cover could be the issue. Mini checked its records and found some of its vehicles might have the affected parts. The automaker has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to this problem.
Mini will begin this recall on September 12. Dealers will modify the side curtain air bag covers on the driver and passenger side by removing some of the fabric cover.
2016 MINI Clubman gets detailed [videos]
RECALL Subject : Side Air Bag may Deploy Improperly/FMVSS 226
Report Receipt Date: JUL 25, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V553000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7,810
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
MINI CLUBMAN 2016-2017
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 MINI Clubman vehicles manufactured August 19, 2015, through July 14, 2016. The side curtain air bags for the front seat occupants may deploy in the intended positions in the event of a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 226, "Ejection Mitigation."
If a side curtain air bag does not inflate as intended in the event of a crash, there is an increased risk of injury to the front seat occupants.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will modify the driver and passenger side curtain air bag covers, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 12, 2016. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
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.