17.1.2012 MINI recalls 235,000 Coopers worldwide
BMW has issued a recall on 235,000 MINI vehicles worldwide – around 30,000 Cooper S and John Cooper Works models in the UK.
The concern is an issue with the electric circuit board that makes up part of the water pump. MINI says that it is possible that the electrics could smoulder and potentially catch fire.
The vehicles affected are those that were manufactured between March 2006 and January 2011, and owners will be contacted in the coming weeks to arrange a free part replacement. MINI is hoping to solve the issue before the end of February by inviting owners to come into a dealership and have new water pumps fitted, which should take about one hour.
There has been an incident in the UK where one vehicle caught on fire – however it has not yet been confirmed whether the water pump was to blame. For the meantime, MINI has announced that issues related to faulty pumps are very unlikely, and that the vehicles are still safe to drive.
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