Previously expanded BMW recall expands again

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BMW has expanded a recall twice in the past month that was announced in October, comprising larger models wiht V-8 and V-12 engines. Photo Credit: Bobak Ha'Eri/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA

Late last year, BMW announced a recall of more than 32,000 cars with 8- and 12-cylinder turbocharged engines for an issue that could lead to a fire. The recall has been expanded twice in the last month to include 2011 and 2012 models.

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BMW issued a recall in October 2011, according to Inside Line, for 32,084 cars across several model lines. The recall was for models with turbocharged 8- or 12-cylinder engines from the 2008 to 2011 model years. The recall was later expanded, according to the Washington Post, to include additional 2011 models along with MiniCooper S and Mini John Cooper Works models.

The issue, according to Inside Line, is with a circuit board that operates the engine coolant system and the auxiliary water pump. The board can, in some cases, overheat, which in turn can lead to the water pump overheating and failing. The issue can cause the circuit board to smolder, posing the risk of a fire in the engine compartment.

The recall has expanded again to include an additional 2,846 cars of the 2012 model year, according to the New York Times.

Almost a quarter of the lineup

The models that use the 8- and 12-cylinder engines include, according to BMW’s website, the 550i, 550i xDrive, 550i Gran Turismo and 550i Gran Turismo xDrive, 650i and 650i xDrive Coupe and Convertible models, the 750i and 750i xDrive, 750Li and 750Li xDrive, 760Li, the Active Hybrid 750i and 750 Li, X5 xDrive 50i and X6 xDrive 50i.

The recall also includes, according to Inside Line, the Alpina B7, the 7 series sedan tuned by Alpina, a tuning company that only works with BMW vehicles but isn’t owned by BMW, like BMW’s Motorsport or M division. M models are not included in the recall, as the M division produces its own in-house engines and parts.

Also included in the recall are 69 Rolls-Royce Ghost models, according to the New York Times. Rolls is a BMW subsidiary and uses BMW V-8 and V-12 engines.

Heavy year

BMW has issued a fair number of recalls this year. Alongside the ongoing recall of 8- and 12-cylinder equipped models, BMW has also recalled 1.3 million 5 and 6 series from 2003 to 2010 for a faulty battery cover, according to the Wall Street Journal. The 7 series is also, according to the Washington Post, the subject of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration engineering analysis.

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There are no known injuries or accidents related to the problem, though BMW has received 102 complaints worldwide of fires in the engine compartments of the affected vehicles. The recall, according to Inside Line, is expected to begin in November. BMW will inspect the vehicle and install any replacement parts as necessary.

Sources

Inside Line

New York Times

Washington Post

Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303816504577305531666079446.html

Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/safety-regulators-find-16-crashes-5-injuries-in-probe-of-bmw-7-series-transmission-controls/2012/04/16/gIQAxDsALT_story.html

BMW: http://www.bmwusa.com/default.aspx

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