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2012-01-16 11:45

MAXI PROBLEM: BMW AG has recalled close to 90 000 Minis to address faulty water pumps.

David Shepardson

BMW AG will recall nearly 90 000 Mini Coopers built since 2006 to address fire risks linked to failing auxiliary water pumps.

According to Detroit News, BMW said it will recall its 2007-2011 Mini Cooper S, 2008-2011 Mini Cooper S Clubman, 2009-2011 Mini Cooper S Convertible and several other versions built between November 2006 and January 2011.


The German automaker said it will replace the water pumps after reports of 81 failures and four engine fires worldwide since 2009.

Detroit News reports BMW has been investigating the issue since July 2009, following the first report of an auxiliary water pump failure. If the pump fails, an electronic circuit board can malfunction and overheat, the company said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the US opened a preliminary investigation into the issue in October, 2011, but BMW said it is not aware of any injuries or crashes resulting from the defective water pump.


BMW SA was contacted for details on how this recall may affect South African Mini Cooper owners and has this to say.

"Mini is conducting a worldwide technical recall of turbocharged Cooper S (R55, R56, R57 and R60 body derivatives) and John Cooper Works models (R55, R56, R57 body derivatives) built between March 2006 and October 2010 due to a potential fault with the additional water pump fitted in these models.
"Approximately 3350 local customers will be affected. These customers will be notified to arrange for the replacement of the additional water pump free of charge during January 2012. It is anticipated that it will take no longer that an hour to replace the affected part.

"Affected owners can contact their nearest Mini dealer or Mini customer care on 0800 696 464 to make the necessary arrangements for the replacement or if they have any questions or concerns."

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