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News   May 14, 2018   by Adam Malik

BMW vehicles at risk of fire, recall issued


Almost 50,000 vehicles are being recalled by BMW of North America due to the risk of a fire.

Vehicles under the BMW, Mini and Rolls Royce brands could have the auxiliary water pump fail and cause a circuit board to overheat, which could potentially lead to a fire.

The automaker is recommending that that owners of the affected vehicles park them outside until they are able to have the recall work performed.

Affected by the recall are certain 2011-2012 550i, 550i xDrive, 550i Gran Turismo, 550i Gran Turismo xDrive750i, 750Li, 750i xDrive, 750Li xDrive, 760Li, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M, X6 xDrive50i, X6 M, and ActiveHybrid7, as well as certain 2011 X6 Hybrid and 2012 650i Coupe, 650i xDrive Coupe, 650i Convertible, and 650i xDrive Convertible.

Mini vehicles affected are certain 2011-2012 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

Certain 2011-2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost vehicles are affected.

BMW will notify affected owners starting in June. Dealers will replace the electric auxiliary water pump.

More Smart recalls

More than 7,000 Smart cars are being recalled in Canada due to defective engine insulation.

The rear insulation mat of engine compartments in 2008-2009 Smart cars “may deform, deteriorate and loosen over time, allowing the mat to contact hot exhaust system components,” according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Mercedes-Benz Canada told CBC News in an e-mail that it would also notify affected customers by mail. Owners of these vehicles should contact a Mercedes-Benz service partner to make an appointment to replace the mat free of charge.