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Mini Coopers under investigation for power steering failure

Have you ever been in a moving vehicle when the battery stops working? Along with the radio and power locks, one of the other things you would lose is your power steering. Power steering assist is a common feature in most new vehicles which allows a driver to turn the wheel and direct their car more easily. The more control a motorist maintains over a vehicle, the less likely they are to be involved in an accident.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is in the process of inspecting several thousand Mini Cooper vehicles after reports from drivers who unexpectedly lost their power steering assist. Complaints regarding the Mini Cooper, manufactured by BMW, began late last year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently decided that the problem is severe enough to justify taking their investigation to the next level.

Some of the complaints received by the administration included reports of Mini Coopers which started on fire, melting some of the vehicle's wires. Investigators believe that the fires were caused by the power steering failure. If more evidence suggests that this malfunction is capable of starting car fires, it's likely that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will take serious action.

While no recall has officially been announced by either the administration or BMW, investigators could make a recall recommendation following further research. For its part, BMW does not believe that the recall will be necessary. Late last year, shortly after the problem first came to light, the company released a statement describing the power steering failure as a "quality" problem and stated their belief that it could be mitigated without a nationwide Mini Cooper recall.

Source: Detroit News, "Feds upgrade probe into 60,000 BMW Mini Cooper vehicles." David Shepardson, 8 May 2011

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My girl died in a BMW Mini I found out two later this car should not be on the road power steering design fault. All cars 2001 to 2009 some cars are fitted with four new pumps .

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