April 18, 2015 / 7:48 PM / 3 years ago

BMW recalls 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix air-bag sensor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - BMW (BMWG.DE) is recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers in the United States to replace a defective sensor that may prevent the front passenger seat air bag from deploying in a crash, the German automaker said on Saturday.

A BMW emblem is pictured at the 2015 New York International Auto Show in New York City, April 2, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

In documents posted on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, BMW said the recall of certain model year 2005 to 2008 Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S cars is expected to being on May 1.

BMW said the front passenger seat air bag may not deploy because of a defect in the occupant detection mat. The company said the mat will be replaced in the recall.

The automaker said it has received one report of a minor passenger injury possibly related to the defective mat.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Bernard Orr

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