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98,000 Mini Hardtops, Clubmans Recalled for Fire Risk

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Members of the Mini lineup are now under recall for the threat of fire thanks to malfunctioning electronics. Nearly 98,000 vehicles are involved.

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Affected vehicles include model-year 2007-13 Hardtop 2-Door Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works hatchbacks, and model-year 2008-14 Clubman Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works wagons ever sold or registered in the following states: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin.

In Mini’s view, such regions are prone to water and road salt. That can affect the electronic control module in the driver-side footwell area to the point that it could short-circuit due to corrosion. Such a short circuit can increase the risk of fire.

Mini is currently working on a fix for the issue. Mini manufacturer BMW will begin notifying owners July 3, but those with further questions can call BMW at 866-825-1525, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

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