Over 235,000 Minis worldwide have been recalled because of a potential fire risk

Over 235,000 Minis worldwide have been recalled because of a potential fire risk caused by faulty electric water pumps. The recall – which affects 29,868 cars in the UK – includes Cooper S and range-topping John Cooper Works models across all bodystyles built between March 2006 and January 2011.

The move comes after company investigations revealed that heat build-up in the wiring could spark ‘smouldering’. There have been four fires globally, one in the UK, linked with the faulty electric unit.

A Mini spokesman commented: "We are not aware of any accidents or injuries connected with this. The important thing is that when people receive the [recall] letter, they simply go to their dealer and get a new water pump fitted if there is a problem."

An official statement said: "The turbocharged engine of the Cooper S and John Cooper Works engines is equipped with an additional water pump which draws residual heat out of the turbocharger after the engine has been switched off, to prevent carbon build-up of the oil in the bearing. Under high operating temperatures an electro-migration can occur at the circuit board installed in the additional water pump.

"The electro-migration is caused by plastic additives in conjunction with high temperatures and can lead to a failure of the additional water pump. This can lead to a failure of the additional water pump or smouldering and in extremely rare cases the possibility of a fire cannot be excluded."

This isn’t the first time that the firm has been linked to fires. Power steering pumps fitted to petrol-powered Minis produced between 2001 and August 2003 were also rumoured to catch fire, although BMW insisted that the issue would only cause overheating and smouldering - not a fire.

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16 January 2012

A recall long overdue.

16 January 2012

Fair play to them. Too many companies are playing the numbers game, ignoring potential safety fears in favour of settling compensation claims.

Cars are hugely expensive products and I think the level of after-sale support is all too often woefully inadequate.

16 January 2012

It would be nice if someone could be a bit more specific as to the cars affected - my wife has a December 2006 registered Cooper; is this one of them?

Why can't BMW provide a range of chassis/VIN numbers for the cars likely to be involved andc why don't the motoring press seem to be trying to find out?

17 January 2012

[quote toptidy]my wife has a December 2006 registered Cooper, is this one of them?[/quote]Yes. From March 2006 to last month, December 2011. (29,868 in the UK.) Been a four cases I've heard of, plus the one mentioned here in the UK.

17 January 2012

So much for German engineering and reliability, they may be built here in the UK, but they are BMW owned.

17 January 2012

It's a MINI Inferno!

Coat. Hat.

17 January 2012

You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!

17 January 2012

Well, I always thought they were easy to Hot Wire......

Still won't stop them selling like hot cakes as most people agree they're schmoking!

Back to FWD Sad

17 January 2012

Firstkly only ONE reported incident of a small fire - but its important they make the recall and it will cost them dearly both in rectification and potential sales. Anyway I think it is high time they quit calling it a bloody MINI - how about "FATTY" for this thing has consumed in human terms about 5 Big Macs a day for 5 years!!!

17 January 2012

[quote toptidy]d - my wife has a December 2006 registered Cooper; is this one of them?[/quote] No, it is only the Cooper S and JCW versions. First, One & Cooper models don't appear to be affected

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