BMW Recall 2012: BMW recalls 88,911 Mini Cooper cars due to possible vacuum pump problem

By on Jan 16, 2012 in Automobile, United States Comments

BMW of North America announced early last week a voluntary recall of 88,911 Mini Cooper cars, citing possible problems related to electronic control of vacuum pump.

BMW Mini Cooper S Countryman
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According to a post at the official website of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, the affected Mini Cooper cars were between the 2007 and 2011 models.

As noted in the report, affected models are 2007-2011 Mini Cooper S, 2008-2011 Mini Cooper S Clubman, 2009-2011 Mini Cooper S Convertible, 2009-2011 Mini Cooper JCW, 2009-2011 Mini Cooper JCW Clubman, 2009-2011 Cooper JCW Convertible, and the 2011 Cooper S Countryman passenger cars.

These vehicles, which were manufactured from November 14, 2006 to January 18, 2011, reportedly may have problems related to the electric auxiliary water pump that cools the turbocharger.

Apparently, NHTSA emphasized that the electronic circuit board controller of the auxiliary water pump can possibly malfunction and overheat, which may cause fire while the vehicle is at use.

Bloomberg reported on Sunday, January 15, that the agency opened an investigation last October reports of 12 Mini Cooper cars had an engine fire, which five of them were destroyed the vehicles and eight of them occurred when the cars were parked and turned off.

Meanwhile, BMW emphasized that this latest recall is expected to start next month, February and will inform Mini Cooper car owners so that dealers will replace the water pump with no extra charge.

For more information, the public is being invited to call the NHTSA Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or visit, or contact BMW at 1-866-275-6464.

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