RECALL 23V-337: FOOTWELL MODULE – 2007-2014 MINI Cooper

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May 11, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23V337000

Control Module in Footwell May Short Circuit

An electrical short-circuit can increase the risk of a fire.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 23V337

Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC


Potential Number of Units Affected 97,933



BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2008-2014 MINI Clubman Cooper, Clubman Cooper S, Clubman John Cooper Works, and 2007-2013 MINI Hardtop 2-Door Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works vehicles sold, or ever registered, in 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.

The electronic control module in the driver’s side footwell area may short-circuit, due to corrosion from water and road salt.



The remedy is currently being developed. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 3, 2023. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-866-825-1525.



Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to


Check if your MINI has a Recall


SIM 61 05 23



What’s New:

  • Recall Number updated
  • R55 Model Name corrected



E-Series Model Description Production Date
R55 MINI Cooper Clubman July 25, 2007 – June 27, 2014
R56 MINI Cooper Hardtop November 16, 2006 – November 21, 2013



Vehicles which require this campaign to be completed will show it as “Open” when checked either in AIR, AWP, Campaign Summary or Warranty Vehicle Inquiry.

Please make sure you check your dealer inventory as soon as possible.  As of May 12,2023, you can see a list of affected vehicles in Inventory Campaign Details (ICD) under ROSS.



BMW AG is conducting a Voluntary Safety Recall (effective May 11, 2023) on certain Model Year 2007 2014 MINI vehicles that were produced between November 16, 2006, and June 27, 2014.

Due to several contributing factors (environmental, certain US States’ wintertime road treatment, vehicle design configuration and age), over time, the Footwell module (FRM) could become susceptible to corrosion.

The Recall Notice and Q&A have been attached for further information.

The bulletin will be updated when additional information becomes available.


Safety Recall 23V-xyz
R55 R56 Footwell Module
Model Year 2007-2014
MINI Clubman, Hardtop 2 door
Issue Date: 5/11/2023


Q1. Which BMW Group models in the US are potentially affected by this Safety Recall?

Certain Model Year 2007-2014 MINI Clubman and Hardtop 2 door models in the US are potentially affected.


Q2. What is the specific issue?

Due to several contributing factors (environmental, certain US States’ wintertime road treatment, vehicle design configuration and age), over time, the Footwell module (FRM) could become susceptible to corrosion.


Q3. Why are other models / vehicles not included in this Safety Recall?

Other models have different design configurations and/or have different environmental exposures.


Q4. How did BMW Group become aware of the issue?

BMW Group became aware of the issue through our quality control procedures.

Q5. Can I continue to drive my vehicle?



Q6. How will I be informed of this Safety Recall?

Owners of potentially affected vehicles will receive a letter in July via first class mail advising them of this Safety Recall.  When parts become available, they will receive another letter, requesting they schedule an appointment with an authorized MINI dealer as soon as possible to have this Safety Recall performed.  For the latest updates to this Safety Recall, please visit

If you are not the only driver of this vehicle, please advise all other drivers of this important information.


Q7. How and when will my vehicle be repaired?

The footwell module (FRM) will be inspected, and if necessary, repaired.


Q8. Do I have to wait for MINI to contact me to have the remedy performed?

Yes.  We are in the process of implementing this Safety Recall campaign to ensure that the necessary parts are at the MINI dealers.  For the latest updates to this Safety Recall, please visit


Q9. I see a reference to the “TREAD Act Customer Reimbursement Plan” in my customer letter. Can you explain what that is about? Am I eligible for reimbursement?

If you have already had this repair performed at your own expense, you may be eligible for reimbursement of certain expenses that you incurred.  Please visit and click on “Reimbursement for Prior Customer Pay Repairs Related to a Safety Recall (TREAD Act)”.


Model Year 2007-2014
MINI – (Hardtop 2 Door, Clubman)
Footwell Control Module (FRM)
11 May 2023

Please refer to BMW’s October 3, 2018 Part 579 report, assigned Foreign Safety Recall ID “18F-175” by NHTSA. As noted in 18F-175, the foreign safety recall was specific to Canada due to unique wintertime road treatment conditions (very hygroscopic salt types / significant usage) in that market. When 18F-175 was submitted to NHTSA, there were 16 reported incidents in Canada involving the FRM alleging some level of thermal damage, but no known incidents in the US market. BMW discussed this matter with the NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) in September 2018.

On January 19, 2023, Transport Canada contacted BMW Canada regarding some owner complaints in which vehicles which had the 2018 recall performed subsequently had issues involving the FRM. Between February and April, BMW Canada discussed this matter with Transport Canada.

A review of field data indicated that some vehicles, which had the 2018 Canadian safety recall performed, subsequently experienced FRM corrosion and some level of thermal damage. Most of these vehicles contained a sunroof. It was thought that the sunroof drain was a contributing factor, whereas for the other vehicles, it was suggested that other, external influences, were involved. An engineering review, including additional analysis and testing, was conducted.

The test results indicated that, due to a number of contributing factors (large changes in temperature, multiple freeze/thaw cycles, vehicle aging), it could be possible for the sunroof drain hose to become damaged, cause the hose to loosen, and eventually detach from the drain tube. If this were to occur, it could allow water to enter the vehicle interior.

Vehicle assembly and supplier production information, and vehicle registration records, were reviewed to determine the number, and production dates, of potentially affected vehicles.

On May 4, 2023, BMW decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall.

As of May 4, 2023, BMW has identified six (6) incidents in the US which, due to similar factors, has led to FRM corrosion and similar outcomes. These incidents occurred between September 2019 and October 2022, and involved vehicles produced between 2010 and 2013, all equipped with a sunroof.

BMW has not received any reports, nor is BMW otherwise aware, of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.


28 Affected Products


MINI COOPER 2007-2013
MINI COOPER S 2007-2013
MINI JCW 2007-2013


7 Associated Documents

Recall 573 Report – 5/19/23

RCLRPT-23V337-7549.PDF 216.179KB

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Miscellaneous Document – Chronology of Defect

RMISC-23V337-8958.pdf 53.773KB

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Recall 573 Report – 5/19/23

RCLRPT-23V337-8880.PDF 216.179KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Dealer Notification re MINI Recall 23V-xxx: Footwell Module

RCMN-23V337-8136.pdf 305.312KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Dealer Bulletin re RECALL 23V-337: FOOTWELL MODULE

RCMN-23V337-6130.pdf 166.903KB

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Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23V337-8185.PDF 215.383KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23V337-4981.pdf 645.682KB

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