BMW is recalling 86,018 Mini Coopers after an investigation into a steering glitch on the vehicles prompted U.S. regulators to recommend a recall.
The recall covers 2002-05 Mini Cooper and Cooper S cars and 2005 Mini Cooper and Cooper S convertibles, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The power steering can fail in the cars, requiring a driver to steer manually, which requires an increase in effort.
“This may increase the potential loss of vehicle control,” BMW said in a document.
BMW said it is aware of 20 accidents and five injuries related to the defect.
NHTSA began investigating the vehicles in 2010 after it received 339 complaints. The agency was aware of five crashes and three fires related to the issue.
In 2014, BMW extended the warranty on the cars to 13 years/150,000 miles.
The automaker will begin sending recall notices via mail in December. After being notified, affected Mini owners can take their vehicles to dealerships to have the cars inspected and repaired at no cost.