MINI recalls 235,000 cars
Tuesday 17 January 2012
• Fire risk from faulty water pumps
• 29,868 UK cars recalled
• MINI Cooper S and John Cooper Works models affected
MINI is recalling 235,000 cars worldwide, due to concerns that faulty water pumps pose a fire risk.
The fault stems from the water pump that is used to cool the turbocharger. Heat build-up in the electrical circuit of the pump can cause it to fail, potentially causing smouldering or even catching fire.
The recall affects Cooper S and top-of-the-range John Cooper Works models, built between 2006 and 2011.
Currently there have been four cases of cars catching fire, including one in the UK, but no accidents or injuries have been caused as a result.
29,868 UK cars are being recalled. MINI is offering to replace the water pump free of charge, a process that should take no longer than an hour.
Affected customers are currently being contacted by MINI. BMW, MINI’s parent company has urged that affected cars are still safe to drive, and that there was only a low risk of fire. Concerned motorists are advised to contact their local MINI dealer.
By Daljinder Nagra