Over the last week or so we have seen a growing number of auto recalls affecting thousands of vehicles. First there was the issue surrounding some faulty brake switches affecting some Harley Davidson models, which could even result in brake failure. Then we heard of some GM models that had a faulty tire pressure sensor system. Now we have news of a BMW recall 2011 with some models listed that have a faulty water pump.
According to Rush Lane the German car manufacturer has announced it is to recall more than 32,000 vehicles, which were manufactured between 2008 and 2011. The problem surrounds a faulty auxiliary water pump that may cause overheating, which can then lead to a fire in the worst case scenario.
The models at the center of the recall include the BMW 5 series Gran Turismo, 7 Series, X5 SAV, and X6 SAV. It includes models with either the eight or twelve cylinder turbo charged power plants, which can be in danger of overheating because of the problem so will now be recalled.
So far there have been over a hundred reported pump failures and two engine compartment fires, but no injuries or crashes have been reported. The auxiliary pump is used to cool the turbocharger, and if the unit fails overheating will occur.
The problem was first picked up by BMW in 2009 and then again in April 2010, where a burning electrical wire was found in a BMW vehicle. Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by BMW beginning next month, and dealers will replace the pump and ensure proper functioning.