Drivers in West Virginia who have purchased recent models of the Mini Cooper may be at risk of getting hurt or dying in vehicle crashes due to a defect in the vehicle. The auto defects specifically impact the Cooper S Hardtop and Cooper four-door vehicles from the model years of 2014 and 2015. Also affected are the John Cooper Works automobiles from the 2015 model year.
A total of more than 30,400 Mini automobiles are being recalled in the United States because of insufficient side-impact protection. Officials discovered the problem during a crash test conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected automobiles, passengers sitting in the rear seat may be at a greater risk of injury following a major impact to the side of the car.
In order to fix the issue, extra material used to absorb energy will be put between the vehicle body and the interior side panels in the rear of the car. The people impacted by the recall will receive notification of it via mail start in mid-September. The defect can be repaired at no cost at a Mini dealership. The automaker said it had not received any reports of injuries associated with the defect. The recall is an extension of a recall filed this past December, which covered more than 3,000 Cooper hardtop cars with two doors from the model year of 2014.
Auto defects can result in serious injuries to a consumer or even in a person’s death. Anyone who is injured as a result of vehicle defects in West Virginia has the right to file personal injury claims. Meanwhile, the families of those who die as a result of these defects may file wrongful death claims, pursuing damages tied to the defects.
Source: autonews.com, “Mini issues recall for side impact protection“, Nora Naughton, July 29, 2015