MINI Coopers Recalled for Spare Tire Risk
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.