Mini Cooper under investigation for power steering failure

Could spell trouble for the brand
Oct 2, 2010
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After the Hyundai Sonata, the United States’ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is now investigating a possible steering failure in Mini Cooper cars.

The agency’s Office of Defect Investigations has reportedly received 54 complaints and a number of confidential field reports from drivers alleging an unexpected loss of power steering assist while driving the Mini Cooper cars. A report said although drivers were still able to steer their cars, some found it difficult to steer or control their vehicles.

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“The reports indicate that the loss of power steering assist may be related to a power steering pump failure,” the NHTSA said.

According to, the issue could involve as many as 80,000 2004- and 2005-model Mini Coopers. The report also said BMW North America is already aware of the investigation but it has yet to receive a formal notification from the NHTSA.

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