BMW recalls 19 models for water pump failure

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

Recall summary  

The recall centers around the issues with BMW’s electric auxiliary water pumps, which help regulate temperature under the hood by conducting heat away from the turbocharger. This recall mirrors the 2018 recall of defective electric auxiliary water pumps in BMW and MINI models. The 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.

Similar BMW recalls occurred before including the 2011 BMW auxiliary water pump failure and the 2012 BMW auxiliary water pump failure possibly causing a fire.


An engine fire creates the risk of death and injury for you and your passengers. Learn more about possible warning signs for Audi engine fires caused by smoldering engine compartment seals included in a recent recall of Audis.

Driving with a faulty water pump may cause the car to overheat, increasing the risk of an engine failure.

The repair

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 recall lookup tool.  Avoid parking your car inside until it is repaired.

Rebecca RandBMW recalls 19 models for water pump failure

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