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NHTSA opens steering probe on '04-'05 Mini Cooper

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NHTSA opens steering probe on '04-'05 Mini Cooper

David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into power steering failures on 80,000 BMW AG Mini Cooper vehicles.

The 2004-2005 models under investigation are over complaints that "allege a loss of power steering assist due to power steering pump failure."


NHTSA has received 54 complaints and an undisclosed number of field reports.

"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," NHTSA said in a statement on its website.

It's the latest investigation into steering issues by NHTSA.

Last month, NHTSA opened a preliminary investigation into steering issues reported on the 2011 Hyundai Sonata.

This week, Hyundai said it would recall 139,500 2011 Hyundai Sonata vehicles with a steering column part that may have been faulty or insufficiently tightened.

Earlier, NHTSA opened an investigation into possible loss of steering in the 2010 Kia Soul, after getting one complaint alleging total steering loss. That vehicle was two months old with 4,300 miles. NHTSA's investigation of the Kia Soul covers about 51,000 vehicles.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100928/AUTO01/9280397/1148/auto01/NHTSA-opens-steering-probe-on--04--05-Mini-Cooper#ixzz10rgzl3s6

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By Mark Kleis

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has officially opened an investigation into the model year 2004 and 2005 MINI Cooper in various trim levels after receiving over 50 complaints about the failure of power steering assistance.

The investigation based on the 54 consumer complaints suggests that the power steering may fail on the MINI Cooper, Cooper Convertible and Cooper S models, all 2004 and 2005 models year cars.

Although the investigation is still on-going, preliminary reports suggest that the power steering pump is the root of the problem, as its premature failure is causing the termination of power steering assistance for drivers.

It is estimated that the investigation involves approximately 80,000 vehicles.



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Mini Cooper reportedly under investigation by NHTSA over power steering failures

by Jeff Glucker (RSS feed) on Sep 29th 2010 at 10:58AM

Mini boasts about the go-kart like handling of its popular Cooper model. It's true, the car handles like a toy – except when the power-steering goes out. According to CNN Money, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into numerous claims by owners that their power steering assistance suddenly disappeared.

So far 54 owners have complained of the issue, which may be blamed on a power steering pump failure. So far it seems that the issue is only showing up in some 2004 and 2005 model year cars. There have been no reported incidents and most drivers were able to maintain control of their vehicle. However, a few did report they struggled to do so.

BMW of North America, which owns Mini, has said it's aware of the investigation but has yet to receive any formal notice from NHTSA.



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