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MINI Defect Investigation - Steering System Problem


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SEE ALSO: MINI Buyers Guide

NHTSA Action Number : PE10038
NHTSA Recall Campaign Number : N/A

Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
BMW / MINI COOPER 2004
MINI / COOPER 2004-2005
MINI / COOPER CONVERTIBLE 2005
MINI / COOPER S 2004-2005

Manufacturer : BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC

Component :
STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:PUMP

Date Investigation Opened : September 24, 2010
Date Investigation Closed : Open

Summary: The Office of Defect Investigations has received 54 complaints and a confidential number of field reports alleging an unexpected loss of power steering assist while driving the vehicle. When the power steering assist stops working it requires increased force to steer the vehicle. Some drivers reported experiencing difficulty while trying to steer or control the vehicle. The reports indicate that the loss of power steering assist may be related to a power steering pump failure.