Washington, DC – After the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warned that 2007 and some 2008 Mini Cooper S vehicles contained a safety-related defect that could result in burns due to contact with the tailpipes, BMW has decided to recall the vehicles. The centrally-positioned tailpipes protrude slightly beyond the rear bumper, and it is possible for a person to contact the hot pipes with their leg.
BMW is recalling 28,450 2007-2008 Mini Cooper S models commencing in January, 2009. Dealers will replace the tailpipes with shorter ones free of charge. It is not known if any Canadian models will be recalled.