NHTSA upgrades investigation into 60,000 Mini Coopers

2004 Mini Cooper

Here is some boring Sunday NHTSA news for you Mini Cooper owners. The NHTSA said that it has upgraded its investigation into 60,000 units of the 2004-2005 Mini Cooper models over power steering problems linked to three fires. NHTSA posted a notice on its site and said that it has reviewed 519 complaints alleging an unexpected loss of power steering assist while driving the vehicle. The issue can result in drivers having trouble controlling the vehicle.

BMW has received 4,508 warranty claims for the issue with most of them being found in the 2004 Mini Cooper and Cooper S models.

The original preliminary investigation opened in September.

Following the investigation, the NHTSA will ask BMW to recall the cars if necessary.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit News