The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is forcing, which owns , to recall all 2007-2009 Cooper S coupes because their tailpipes stick out too far beyond the rear bumper. The NHTSA is concerned that “inadvertent contact [could] occur with a person’s leg” should they walk behind the Cooper S, the defect notice states.
Dealers have to remove a tailpipe extender and replace it with one a few inches shorter – free of charge forowners, of course.
This is… I can’t even begin without pondering about just how far humans are out of natural selection. It’s sad really, what’s next – mandatory caution stickers on your rear bumper?
I don’t care for Minis, hell I’d go as far as to say I rather drive a Miata… but to make them replace their exhaust finishers with slightly shorter ones because some friggen idiot might burn them self on their own car is pretty bad.
Then again, just think about it — some guy walks too close to your car just after you parked it, gets singed and then sues you. Especially in this case, as I’m sure most Mini owners will ignore the recall… now guess who’s liable when that asshat is looking for some quick cash?