On certain vehicles, the footwell module (FRM3) may become contaminated by a mixture of salt and moisture which could lead to corrosion over time. This could cause a short circuit, resulting in overheating of the module that could lead to a fire causing injury and/or damage to property. Correction: Dealers will inspect the footwell module, and replace if necessary. A protective film will be also installed over the module. Note: Owners are advised to park the vehicle outdoors until the recall repairs have been completed.
On certain vehicles, the front passenger seat occupant detection mat can fatigue over time. As a result, the passenger airbag could deactivate, illuminating the airbag warning lamp and the passenger airbag ON/OFF lamp. Failure of the passenger airbag to deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of personal injury to the seat occupant. Correction: Dealers will replace the occupant detection mat. Note: This recall is an expansion of recalls 2008-307 and 2013-238.
On certain vehicles, the electro-hydraulic power steering pump could fail temporarily or permanently due to problems with the electronics that control the function of the pump, a failure of the pump cooling fan, or a loss of power to the pump. A vehicle experiencing a loss of steering power assist would revert to a manual steering mode which would require greater driver effort, especially at low vehicle speeds. Nevertheless, a loss of steering power assist could ultimately result in a crash causing property damage and/or personal injury. Correction: The electro-hydraulic power steering pump, as well as the pump cooling fan, will be subject to special extended warranty coverage of 12 years or 200,000 km from first in-service date of the vehicle.
On certain vehicles equipped with a constant velocity transmission (CVT), the connection between the transmission gear selector rod and the lock plate may not have been laser-welded correctly. If the weld were to break, the gear currently engaged would remain in position. It would no longer be possible to shift transmission gear positions using the selector lever. The display for the transmission in the instrument cluster may then show a gear position that does not correspond to the actual gear position of the transmission. The potential exists for the vehicle to pull away from stop in the opposition direction to that desired, or if the vehicle was parked on an incline of sufficient grade, and the parking brake was not engaged, this could result in a vehicle rollaway condition. Correction: Dealers will inspect the transmission gear selector rod to lock plate weld and, if necessary, will replace the CVT transmission.
Certain vehicles do not comply with the requirements of CMVSS 110 - Tire Information Label. Specifically, the relationship between tire size and maximum tire pressure is not present on the label. Tire pressure that is either too low or too high can cause premature wear and/or tire damage, and could lead to unfavourable driving conditions. Correction: Mini Canada will mail updated tire information labels to owners of affected vehicles.
On certain vehicles, the flat tire monitoring system's programming could contain a defect. Specifically, an audible signal (single gong) that is used, in part, to alert the driver to a flat tire, has not been correctly programmed. In the event of a flat tire, the audible signal will not sound. Also, the system's indicator lamp will illuminate, but contrary to the description in the Owner's Manual will not flash. Correction: Dealers will reprogram the instrument cluster.
On certain vehicles, the head of the screw securing the rear struts to the chassis may tear off. The remaining portion of the screw (stud, or shaft) will still hold the strut in place. However, if left unattended over a longer period of time, and depending on driving conditions, the stud/shaft may break. If this occurred, the chassis would lean directly on the tire, diminishing the driver's ability to control the vehicle. Depending on traffic conditions and the driver's reactions, this could lead to a crash. Correction: Dealer will replace the lower screw connection of the rear struts.
On certain vehicles equipped with manual transmissions, the shift cable could detach from the transmission shift linkage while the driver is attempting to change gears. If the transmission moves into neutral and remains there, the ability to accelerate or maintain speed will be lost, increasing the risk of a crash. Correction: Dealers will inspect the shift cable and, if necessary, install a retaining clip over the end of the shift cable to prevent it from detaching from the transmission.
On certain vehicles the tether anchor hardware for attaching a child seat upper mount may be missing. Thus, the vehicle may not comply with CMVSS 210.1. Correction : Dealers will replace any missing hardware.