In response to an NHTSA investigation report, MINI is recalling 88,911 turbocharged models built between November 2006 and January 2011.
The reason is a faulty water pump that cools the turbocharger. Apparently it has a malfunctioning electric circuit that can overheat, and eventually set the car on fire.
NHTSA befan investigating the problem after 12 MINIs caught fire, 5 of which burned to a crisp.
Affected models include the 2007-2011 Cooper S, the 2008-2011 Clubman S, the 2009-2011 Cooper S Convertible, the 2011 Countryman S and John Cooper Works models from 2009 to 2011. Owners of the affected cars will be notified by BMW dealers. They will change the water pump with a healthy one free of charge.
Until then you best not push you Cooper hard!