BMW has issued a recall for a wide range of MINI vehicles from the 2007 - 2011 model years. The problem with those units seems to lie in the electronic circuit board that controls the electric auxiliary water pump, which cools the turbocharger. In some cases, that circuit board can overheat, causing smoldering and, in the worst-case scenario, a fire.
If this sounds familiar, it should: a similar problem caused a recall of over 32,000 BMW vehicles back in October. On the official MINI recall bulletin posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there's no mention that the two problems are related, but the problems are nearly identical.
The MINI recall affects some 88,911 vehicles across multiple models and years:
2007-2011 MINI Cooper S
2008-2011 MINI Cooper S Clubman
2009-2011 MINI Cooper S Convertible
2011 MINI Cooper S Countryman
2009-2011 MINI John Cooper Works
2009 MINI John Cooper Works Clubman
2010-2011 MINI John Cooper Works Convertible
BMW says that it will alert owners about the recall in February. After receiving a notice, owners will be able to take their MINIs to a local dealer, who will replace the water pump free of charge.
If you have questions in the meantime, we encourage you to contact your local MINI dealer, or call BMW Customer Service at 866-275-6464. Alternately, you can ring the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about recall campaign #12V008000.