Re­call of some Mini Coop­ers

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By STU­ART MARTIN

HIGH-PER­FOR­MANCE ver­sions of the Mini Cooper are be­ing re­called world­wide to fix an en­gine prob­lem that could po­ten­tially start a fire.

More than 235,000 of the tur­bocharged Cooper S mod­els built be­tween 2006 and last year are be­ing re­called world­wide to rem­edy a sec­ondary water pump fit­ted to cool down the tur­bocharger.

The com­pany has global re­ports of just over 80 water pump fail­ures and four fires as a re­sult, but BMW Aus­tralia and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have deemed the pro­gram here to be a tech­ni­cal ser­vice cam­paign. Mini Aus­tralia spokesman Piers Scott says more than 3700 Cooper Ss (of which one may have ex­pe­ri­enced the smoul­der­ing en­gine bay is­sue) and John Cooper Works ve­hi­cles built be­tween 2006 and 2011 are af­fected in Aus­tralia.

‘‘This was deemed to be a tech­ni­cal cam­paign, in line with sim­i­lar cam­paigns con­ducted in the past,’’ he says.

On the the use of the term ‘‘re­call’’ over­seas to de­scribe the is­sue, Mr Scott says: ‘‘It is the Depart­ment of In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port that we li­aise with lo­cally and they would ad­vise us if it were to be a safety re­call.

‘‘There is no less ur­gency un­der a tech­ni­cal cam­paign — re­place­ment parts are now in the coun­try and Mini Aus­tralia has al­ready be­gun con­tact­ing the af­fected cus­tomers.’’

The world­wide re­call of 235,000 cars in­cludes 29,868 in the UK and 89,000 in the US, and in­volves re­plac­ing the water pump free of charge.

The com­pany head of­fice says the tur­bocharged en­gines are fit­ted with an additional water pump to re­move resid­ual heat from the tur­bocharger af­ter the en­gine is switched off.

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