BMW has issued a recall for nearly 89,000 Mini-branded cars in the US, where that will include the Mini Cooper range, because of the presence of faulty water pumps which have the possibility of malfunctioning, and that alone might cause engine compartment fires. Three months ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened up a defects investigation, citing a dozen reports of fires in the vehicles manufactured by BMW, and it is nice to see that some action has been taken after some time. Out of the 12 reports, five of the fires have been reported to have destroyed the cars, but thankfully, no lives were lost, and neither were there any reports of injuries or accidents due to the pump malfunctions.
The recall will comprise of seven models of the Mini series that range from model years 2007 to 2011, and as for the rest of the world, 235,535 recalls are in order – including the 88,911 cars in the US as mentioned. BMW will inform car owners by mail in February, and obviously the faulty water pumps will be replaced free of charge. Will this affect the way the Mini brand sells on the market? Only time will tell.
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