Nearly 89,000 turbocharged Mini Coopers are being recalled because they can catch on fire, the government says. BMW will fix problems with the water pump that cools the turbo, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“The electric auxiliary water pump that cools the turbocharger has an electronic circuit board that can malfunction and overheat. The circuit board may smolder which could result in a vehicle fire,” according to the posting on the NHTSA website.
The recall covers 88,911 Coopers built from Nov. 16, 2006 to Jan. 18, 2011. Your vehicle’s build date is on a on a label affixed to the driver-side doorjamb.
The affected vehicles are:
2007-2011 Cooper S
2008-2011 Cooper S Clubman
2009-2011 Cooper S Convertible
2011 Cooper S Countryman
2009-2011 Cooper John Cooper Works
2009 Cooper Clubman John Cooper Works
2010-2011 Cooper Convertible John Cooper Works
BMW will notify owners in February and replace the water pump free of charge. For more info, owners can call BMW at 866-275-6464.