Recalls are serious. Unfortunately, not all car owners are on top of them.
The latest recall campaign we heard about is related to a problem that could lead to fires. As such, it should not be ignored.
According to reports, BMW of North America is recalling thousands of vehicles, from BMW to Mini, and Rolls Royce models, over a fire concern.
The company has learned that the auxiliary water pumps in the vehicles could fail while in use. As a result, it could lead to an overheated circuit board. This issue could lead to a fire and then to a vehicle fire, putting the lives of occupants in danger.
The 2011 and 2012 vehicles impacted are the BMW 550i, 550i xDrive, 550i Gran Turismo, 550i Gran Turismo xDrive, 750i, 750Li, 750i xDrive, 750Li xDrive, 760Li, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M, X6 xDrive50i, X6 M, ActiveHybrid7, MINI Cooper S Convertible, John Cooper Works (JCW) Convertible, Cooper S Countryman, Cooper S Countryman ALL4, Cooper S, JCW, Cooper S Clubman, JCW Clubman, Cooper S Roadster, JCW Roadster, Cooper S Coupe, JCW Coupe, and Rolls-Royce Ghost vehicles. Certain 2011 BMW X6 Hybrid and 2012 BMW 650i Coupe, 650i xDrive Coupe, 650i Convertible, and 650i xDrive Convertible models.
Impacted car owners are being asked to park the cars outside for the time being in order to avoid a major fiery accident.
Since the fire may also spread, it could potentially jeopardize the safety of your home and your family.
BMW has announced that all units listed under this recall will have the electric auxiliary water pumps replaced for free. Unfortunately, the company said that the replacement parts are not yet available.
Consumers are being contacted in early June about the recall, and then a second time when BMW has enough parts. While it’s not ideal to wait such a long time to have a recall addressed, impacted vehicle owners should do all in their power to avoid risks by heeding the company’s instructions. Do not park the impacted car inside to avoid property damage and injury.
Car owners who are not completely sure their vehicles have been impacted by the recall can visit SafeCar.gov and plug in the 17-digit vehicle identification number to check the status of any recalls associated with your vehicle. We recommend you do that regularly to avoid issues.