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Old 11-06-2011, 06:49 PM
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October 29. 2011 1:00AM
BMW recalling 32,000 vehicles over engine fire risks

David Shepardson/ Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington BMW AG said Saturday it is recalling 32,000 vehicles to replace potentially faulty electric auxiliary water pumps that can overheat and cause a vehicle fire.
The German automaker said the recall covers 2008-2011 5-Series, 5-Series Gran Turismo, 7-Series, X5 SAV, and X6 SAV models that have eight- or 12-cylinder turbocharged engines.
The recall comes after BMW found at least 102 cases of pump failures worldwide including two engine-compartment fires. BMW said it is unaware of any crashes or injuries as a result of the condition.
The auxiliary pump helps cool the turbocharger during some driving conditions and in some cases can fail, causing the circuit board to overheat. That could lead to a fire. BMW said in most cases drivers will be alerted by a warning message on the instrumental cluster during driving.
BMW first discovered the issue in June 2009 on test vehicles. In April 2010, a smoldered electrical cable of the water pump was found on a BMW-owned vehicle.
The company set up a task force in May 2010 after two customer vehicles reported burned engine compartments.
Dealers will replace the electric auxiliary water pump and will be notified next month. Owners will be notified starting next month as well.
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