A potential steering problem in almost 60,000 BMW Mini Coopers in the States has invited the US safety regulators National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to upgrade the investigation on the issue.

The agency began the probe in September last year on the problem associated with five minor crashes and three fires that resulted in melted wires. However, no injuries were reported. There have been 519 complaints and more than 4,500 warranty claims relating to an unexpected loss of power in the electrically controlled steering system. The MINI Coopers affected are the models from the year 2004 and 2005.

BMW, which owns MINI said the fire may be due to a malfunctioning cooling fan or an undervoltage condition in the steering system. Complaints of permanent steering problems may be linked to internal electronics.

[SOURCE: Automotive News]

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