It’s well known that the MINI Cooper S is a hot hatch, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the model for too much heat – engine fire, to be exact.
NHTSA announced a full-scale investigation into the 2007 and 2008 MINI Cooper S model range, which includes the Cooper S, Cooper S Clubman, and Cooper S Convertible. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation had received 12 complaints about fire or smoke coming from the engine compartment before launching the investigation.
As the report states, 12 drivers had suffered an engine compartment fire in their Cooper S’s, eight of which happened while the Minis were parked with the ignition off. Of the 12, five of the owners said the engine compartment fires eventually engulfed the entire car, totaling it. Luckily, NHTSA reports that there were no injuries or fatalities reported so far as a result of the fires.
From here, NHTSA will start a preliminary investigation and see if a recall or fix is necessary. Seeing that NHTSA says the number of complaints has dramatically increased this year, we wouldn’t be surprised if some action is necessary.