MINI Recalls 35K Cars to Bolster Side Impact Crash Resistance

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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