BMW and NHTSA issue recall for 2007-2011 turbocharged MINIs

2008 Mini Cooper S John Works Tuning Kit

Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was looking into some mysterious cases with some turbocharged Mini cars randomly catching fire. My humorous side would tell me: I’m not surprised, it’s British.

But we’re long past the days of terrible electronics from the Prince of Darkness, Lucas. As a result, the NHTSA stepped in and found that there’s an issue with turbocharged Mini’s built between November of 2006 and January of 2011. The issue lies within the water pump and the NHTSA said the following: “the electronic auxiliary water pump that cools the turbocharger has an electronic circuit board that can malfunction and overheat.”

Supposedly, if that electronic circuit board fails, it can smolder and can cause your turbocharged Mini to randomly combust.

Owners of any Mini Cooper S Coupe between 2007-2011, Convertible between 2009-2011, Clubman S between 2008-2011, 2011 Countryman S and John Cooper Works models from 2009-2011 are eligible for a free repair at your nearest dealer.

For full details, check out the NHTSA press release after the jump.

NHTSA Press Release:

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
MINI / COOPER S 2007-2011
MINI / COOPER S CLUBMAN 2008-2011
MINI / COOPER S CONVERTIBLE 2009-2011
MINI / COOPER S COUNTRYMAN 2011
MINI / JCW 2009-2011
MINI / JCW CLUBMAN 2009
MINI / JCW CONVERTIBLE 2010-2011
Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC Mfr’s Report Date: JAN 10, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V008000 NHTSA Action Number: PE11036
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 88,911

Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 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 2011 COOPER S COUNTRYMAN PASSENGER CARS MANUFACTURED FROM NOVEMBER 14, 2006, THROUGH JANUARY 18, 2011. THE ELECTRIC AUXILIARY WATER PUMP THAT COOLS THE TURBOCHARGER HAS AN ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT BOARD THAT CAN MALFUNCTION AND OVERHEAT.

Consequence:
THE CIRCUIT BOARD MAY SMOLDER WHICH COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE FIRE.

Remedy:
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE WATER PUMP FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING FEBRUARY 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-866-275-6464.

Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

– By: Chris Chin