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Recall: Mini Cooper cars for malfunctioning water pump controllers

Consumer Reports News: January 17, 2012 09:38 AM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and BMW are recalling 89,911 Mini Cooper sedans equipped with a turbocharged engine. The electronic circuit board which controls the electrical water pump to cool the turbocharger may malfunction and smolder, possibly leading to an engine fire.

According to the NHTSA and BMW, the recall affects turbocharger-equipped Mini Coopers manufactured from November 2006 through January 2011. The model years of the following Mini Coopers models may be affected :

  • 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 Cooper JCW
  • 2009 Mini Cooper JCW Clubman
  • 2010-2011 Mini Cooper JCW Convertible

In February, BMW is expected to begin notifying owners affected by this recall to bring in their Mini Cooper cars to local dealerships where mechanics will replace the water pumps for free.

For more information, consumers can call BMW (toll-free: 866-275-6464) or visit the NHTSA website:

Recall: BMW Mini Cooper - Engine and Engine Cooling       Campaign ID #: 12V008000 [NHTSA]

Paul Eng

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