Recall by BMW announced over possible fire hazard

by Cornelius Nunev

BMW has declared a recall for The United States. There is a problem with a component in more than 32,000 vehicles that could present a potential fire hazard. A component in vehicles built with 8 or 12-cylinder turbocharged engines can overheat and smolder. All vehicles were made between 2008 and 2011.

Problem with the water pump

Several cars from 2008 to 2011 have been recalled by BMW, according to the New York Times. The only vehicles being recalled are BMW performance versions with powerful engines, meaning you are not affected when you have a 1, 3 or Z-series.

All BMWs with turbocharged 8- and 12-cylinder engines will see the defect and have to deal with the problem with the auxiliary water pump. The auxiliary water pump in question cools the turbocharger on the affected cars.

The auxiliary water pump circuit board is where all of the defects are. During operation, the pump's circuit board can overheat. The pump will not work sometimes. It fails with this problem, according to The board will trigger a fire many times also.

Over 32,000 recalled

There are 32,084 affected automobiles in the recall. The impacted models are any 5 series, 5 series Gran Turismo edition, X5, X6 and 7 series versions manufactured between 2008 and 2011 with turbocharged 8- or 12-cylinder engines. The recall had 2,606 5 series, 1,787 Gran Turismo 5 series, 4,309 X5, 5,187 X6 and 18,195 7 series cars involved, according to MotorTrend.

This recall is just a precautionary measure so far. There have not been any accidents or injuries that BMW is aware of so far, the New York Times explains. There were 102 auxiliary water pump circuit board failures reported. Of them, 2 had compartment fires.

You'll know in case you are an owner

The National Highway Traffic Security Administration got word on Oct 20 that there was a defect by BMW. BMW is mailing letters to owners, who should be notified of the defect sometime in early November.

BMW will be instructing owners to take their cars to the nearest BMW dealership, where the defective pump board will be swapped out at no cost. BMW and the National Highway Traffic Security Administration should be contacted with questions.

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