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Mini Recalls 89,000 Cooper S Models

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author photo by Jeffrey Archer January 2012
  • Mini is recalling 88,911 Cooper S and John Cooper Works models with a turbocharged engine
  • Recall stems from a potential fire hazard in an auxiliary water pump
  • BMW says owners of affected vehicles will be informed of the recall shortly

Nearly 89,000 Mini Coopers are being recalled over concerns of a potential fire risk. According to the automaker's parent brand, BMW, several different body styles are included in the recall, which affects 2007 through 2011 Cooper S and John Cooper Works models.

According to BMW and the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 88,911 Coopers are being recalled because a circuit board mounted on an auxiliary water pump that cools the model's turbocharger may malfunction and overheat. The NHTSA says the problem could lead to smoldering, water pump failures and even a vehicle fire.

BMW says it's aware of 81 cases of the issue worldwide, including four cases that involved a burned engine compartment. Despite the failures and subsequent fires, BMW says it isn't aware of any accidents or injuries related to the malfunctioning circuit boards.

The NHTSA says the recall includes the 2007-2011 Cooper S hatchback, the 2009-2011 John Cooper Works hatchback, the 2008-2011 Cooper S Clubman, the 2009 John Cooper Works Clubman, the 2009-2011 Cooper S convertible, the 2010-2011 John Cooper Works convertible and the 2011 Cooper S Countryman. Cooper S models manufactured prior to the hatchback's 2007 switch from a supercharged engine to a turbocharged one are not included.

Although BMW says the recall is slated to begin next month, concerned Mini owners can contact the automaker at 1-866-275-6464 for more information. According to BMW, Mini owners affected by the recall will soon receive a notice urging them to visit a dealership to have the recall work performed. BMW says dealers will replace the water pump in all affected vehicles to remedy the problem.

What it means to you: For Cooper S and John Cooper Works owners, a recall like this is a slight inconvenience that's easily outweighed by the joy of "motoring."

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Mini Recalls 89,000 Cooper S Models - Autotrader