Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

30,000 Minis recalled in fire risk

Nearly 30,000 Mini Coopers are to be recalled in Britain after makers detected an electrical fault
Nearly 30,000 Mini Coopers are to be recalled in Britain after makers detected an electrical fault

Nearly 30,000 Mini Coopers are to be recalled in Britain after makers detected an electrical fault which could lead cars to catch fire.

German car maker BMW said the recall concerns 235,000 vehicles worldwide.

Safety checks revealed a problem which can cause the water pump to fail, potentially causing the car to overheat.

Manufacturers are investigating one case in Britain where a fire is being linked to the water pump, a spokesman said.

The recall relates to two models - the Mini Cooper S and the Mini John Cooper Works.

Around 29,800 cars in the UK could be affected by the problem, the company said.

Owners will be issued with a recall notice in the next few weeks. But a spokesman insisted the vehicles remain safe to drive and there is a "very low incidence" of the fault.

"In more extreme cases, it could create a heat build-up in the wiring and some smouldering," he said.

"Potentially it could cause a fire. We are not aware of any accidents or injuries connected with this.

"The important thing is that when people receive the letter, they simply go to their dealer and get a new water pump fitted if there is a problem."

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