Label-Related Recalls Not Only Limited to Food
Many of the label-related recalls that hit the headlines involve food items. For instance, there was a case last month involving more than 14,000 pounds of chicken and beef products that had to be recalled by manufacturer Sentry Food Solutions following the revelation that one of the ingredients used may have been contaminated by peanut allergens. Earlier this month, however, a recall was announced that affected something decidedly larger than food packages - namely, cars.
Label Inaccuracy Afflicts Mini Cooper Hardtop
To be more specific, automobile manufacturer BMW is recalling more than 13,000 of its 2014-2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop two-door vehicles due to a labeling snafu that resulted in the wrong maximum capacity weight being printed on the cars' Tire Information Placards, according to a release put out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The fact that the maximum weight printed on the label is too low means the 2014-2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop two-door model contravenes Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110, "Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less."
Spreading the Word
Now that the discrepancy has been discovered, BMW is working to inform all Mini dealerships of the issue so they can replace the offending labels with new ones that list the correct maximum weight. Meanwhile, people who already own affected Mini Coopers will be receiving recall notices in the mail by March 13, according to the NHTSA.
Auto World News pointed out that this isn't the first recall that has afflicted the Mini Cooper Hardtop of late. In fact, the model endured a separate recall related to crash protection issues about a month ago, following recalls pertaining to problems with the seats and transmission the previous month.