BMW has issued a recall for nearly 89,000 MINI vehicles built between 207 and 2011. The recall applies to a wide range of models, from MINI Cooper S to the new Countryman.
The company states that the problem with the affected models lies in the electronic circuit board that controls the electric auxiliary water pump, which cools the turbocharger. In some cases, that circuit board can overheat, causing smoldering and, in the worst-case scenario, a fire.
A similar recall was issued in 2011 for 32,000 BMW-branded vehicles.
The MINI recall affects 88,911 vehicles across multiple models and years:
2007-2011 MINI Cooper S
2008-2011 MINI Cooper S Clubman
2009-2011 MINI Cooper S Convertible
2011 MINI Cooper S Countryman
2009-2011 MINI John Cooper Works
2009 MINI John Cooper Works Clubman
2010-2011 MINI John Cooper Works Convertible
The owners will be alerted in February and after receiving a notice, they will be able to take their MINIs to a local dealer, who will replace the water pump free of charge.
If you have questions in the meantime, we encourage you to contact your local MINI dealer, or call BMW Customer Service at 866-275-6464. Alternately, you can ring the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about recall campaign #12V008000.