BMW recalls 235,000 Minis globally with engine fire potential

James Raia

BMW is recalling more than 300,000 of its Mini-branded cars globally, including nearly 89,000 in the United States, because of faulty water pumpas and  the potentiall the problem could leading to engine fires.

Three months ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened up a defects investigation, citing a dozen reports of fires in the vehicles manufactured by BMW.

Among the 12 reports, five of the fires reportedly destroyed the cars, but there were not injuries.

Mini Coopers are being recalled for potentiak engine fires

The recall in the U.S. will comprise of seven models of the Mini series in model year from 2007-2011, including: 2007-11 Cooper S; 2008-11 Cooper S Clubman; 2009-11 Cooper S convertible; 2011 Cooper S Countryman; and the 2009-11 John Cooper Works, John Cooper Works Clubman and John Cooper Works convertible.

BMW will inform car owners by mail in February and dealerships will replaces the water pumps without charge.

Article Last Updated: January 19, 2012.

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