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MINI Coopers Recalled for Spare Tire Risk

November 18, 2014

Photo of MINI Cooper Hardtop cars courtesy of BMW.
Photo of MINI Cooper Hardtop cars courtesy of BMW.
BMW of North America is recalling 5,805 2014 model-year MINI Cooper Hardtop two-door cars because the spare wheel may have been attached under the car with a nut that’s not self-locking, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

Vibrations from everyday driving may, over time, loosen the nut in question and the wheel could separate from the car, posing a road hazard and crash risk, NHTSA said.

The recall covers MINI Cooper cars manufactured from Jan. 7 to July 21 of this year.

BMW dealers will replace the spare wheel-securing nut with a self-locking nut, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin this month. Owners can reach MINI customer service at (866) 275-6464.

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