Recalls on Mini Coopers

2012-01-17 00:00

BMW SA said yesterday that 3 350 customers in South Africa were affected by 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.

The recall was as a result of a potential fault with the additional water pump fitted in these models.

A BMW SA spokesperson said yesterday that the affected customers will be notified during the course of this month to arrange for the replacement of the additional water pump free of charge.

“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.

“In very extreme cases, such overheating of the circuit board can lead to smouldering of the water pump,” he said.

He said MINI has not received any reports, nor is aware of any accidents or injuries relating to this matter.

However, BMW SA stressed 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.

Affected owners can contact their nearest MINI dealer or MINI Customer Care on 0800 696 464 to make the necessary arrangements for the replacement, or if they have any questions or concerns.

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