MINI has recalled about 35,000 Cooper models for failing to meet side-impact crash test requirements.
The affected vehicles are the 2014-2015 MINI Cooper and Cooper S Hardtop two-door model and the 2015 John Cooper Works Hardtop two-door, with 30,456 units in the U.S. and 4,130 in Canada.
According to the British automaker, the vehicles do not meet the crash test requirements, potentially causing a higher risk of injury to rear seat passengers in the case of an accident. As a result, MINI dealerships will install additional energy absorption material between the rear interior side panels.
Currently, MINI is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the issue and the recall will begin September 12.
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