BMW recalls Minis with faulty water pumps
Johannesburg - BWM SA said on Monday that about 3
350 customers in SA would be affected by a worldwide technical recall of Mini
Cooper S and Mini John Cooper Works models.
BMW SA spokesperson Guy Kilfoil said Mini was conducting a
worldwide technical recall of turbocharged Mini Cooper S (R55, R56, R57 and R60
body derivatives) and Mini John Cooper Works models (R55, R56, R57 body
derivatives) built between March 2006 and October 2010, due to a potential fault
with the additional water pump fitted in these models.
"Approximately 3 350 local customers will be affected.
These customers will be notified to arrange for the replacement of the
additional water pump free of charge during January 2012. It is anticipated
that it will take no longer than an hour to replace the affected part," he
Under high operating temperatures an electro-migration can
occur at the circuit board installed in the additional water pump, leading to a
failure of the additional water pump. The potential exists for this failure to
manifest itself in an overheating of the circuit board, BMW SA explained.
"Mini has not received any reports, nor is aware of any
accidents or injuries relating to this matter, and owners are still able to
drive their vehicles. However, we recommend that owners of affected vehicles,
who receive a letter asking them to have this service performed by their
authorised Mini Dealer, do so as soon as possible," Kilfoil said.
Affected owners can contact their nearest Mini dealer or
Mini Customer Care on 0800 696 464 to make the necessary arrangements for the