In a news statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that its federal investigators are attempting to determine whether Mini Cooper sport coupes pose a significant risk to consumers.
According to the NHTSA, their Office of Defect Investigations (ODI) has received roughly a dozen complaints concerning fires that have ignited within the engine compartments of Mini Cooper S models from both the 2007 and 2008 model years. These models include both the Clubman and Convertible models. Of the dozen complaints, eight allege that the fires ignited within the engine compartment while the engine was turned off. Five of the engine fire occurrences resulted in a total loss of the vehicle. However, the report did not specify whether those five incidents were within the complaints that pertained to the engines being inactive, or whether the engine was running at the time.
None of the engine compartment fires resulted in the injury of an owner or passenger. However, the ODI does note that a rising number in complaints concerning the Mini Cooper engine fires have forced the agency to examine the issue further. Upon the completion of their investigation, the NHTSA will be able to determine whether a broader recall of the roughly 36,000 Mini Copper S models is necessary.
As a Federal Way personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen defective auto parts and their subsequent recalls similar to this in the past and know the dangers they pose to the public. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective auto part, it may be in your best interests to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.