Possible engine fires on BMW vehicles

November 1, 2011 12:00 AM

German luxury automaker BMW has announced that it will be recalling approximately 32,000 vehicles for an issue related to the water pump.

The company says that the 5-Series, 7-Series, X5 and X6 are all subject to the problem if they were built between 2008 and 2011, according to Autoweek. The issue is limited to models with a V8 or V12 engine.

The auxiliary water pump in these vehicles is powered by an electrical circuit board, and this is where the problem lies. Apparently, faulty wiring can cause a fire to break out on the circuit board, which would then cause the pump to fail. Thus far, BMW has seen 102 of these pumps fail due to this design flaw. Of these cases, two of the fires spread to the rest of the engine, which could be dangerous.

BMW will be notifying owners of the vehicles and will make the auto repairs free of charge. Recalls are beneficial for drivers because they do not have to pay to get their car fixed. However, it's possible for vehicles to fall through the cracks when it comes to getting recall work done. Before you buy any used car, it pays to take it in to an auto maintenance expert, who will be able to verify that the car has had its recall work taken care of.

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