Westwood, NJ – April 18, 2018 – BMW (OTCMKTS:BMWYY) has recalled 47,806 vehicles with faulty water pumps that may cause the circuit board that controls them to overheat, creating the risk of a fire. The recall includes the following BMW models with eight- and 12-cylinder engines and MINIs with four-cylinder turbocharged engines:
- 2011-2012 BMW 550i
- 2010-2012 BMW 550i Gran Turismo
- 2012 BMW 650i Convertible and Coupe
- 2009-2012 BMW 750i
- 2009-2012 BMW 750li
- 2009-2012 BMW 760li
- 2011-2012 BMW Activehybrid 7
- 2010-2012 BMW X5
- 2010-2012 BMW X5 M
- 2008-2012 BMW X6
- 2010-2011 BMW X6 Activehybrid SAC
- 2008-2012 BMW X6 M
- 2007-2012 MINI Cooper S
- 2008-2012 MINI Cooper S Clubman
- 2011-2012 MINI Cooper S Convertible
- 2011-2012 MINI Cooper S Countryman
- 2007-2012 MINI JCW
- 2008-2012 MINI Clubman JCW
- 2011-2012 MINI JCW Convertible
- 2010-2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost
The recall centers around the vehicles’ electric auxiliary water pumps, which help regulate temperature under the hood by conducting heat away from the turbocharger. Turbocharger is a device designed to make the engine more efficient and amp up its performance.
Because of the faulty design of the recall cars, the circuit board controlling the pump may overheat and start burning the water pump when working in high temperatures. This could potentially result in an engine fire and also cause the pumps to fail.
An engine fire creates the risk of death and injury for you and your passengers. Learn more about engine fires and warning signs in this article about a recent recall of Audis with smoldering engine compartment seals.
Driving with a faulty water pump may cause the car to overheat, increasing the risk of an engine failure.
BMW and MINI dealers will replace the electric auxiliary water pump for free. Owners will be sent recall notifications by mail starting June 11. Those who have already paid to repair this defect may be eligible for reimbursement.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
As of October 2019 – the last date for which information is available – over 31,000 vehicles have been repaired. To see if your car is amongst those that still need to be fixed, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool. Avoid parking your car inside until it is repaired.