BMW and its subsidiary, Rolls-Royce, have issued recalls for a wide range of vehicles, including:
According to recall bulletins from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the two brands of vehicles suffer from the same root problem: electric auxiliary water pumps that can make a nearby circuit board overheat. In vehicles equipped with 8- or 12-cylinder turbocharged engines, that circuit board may smolder. In worst-case scenarios, the board can ignite, causing a fire in the engine compartment.
Sound familiar? It should. BMW and Rolls-Royce vehicles were recalled for this exact problem in October and November. In fact, some of the very same models included in last year's recall are included in this one, too. This time around, 2,846 BMW and 69 Rolls-Royce vehicles are affected.
BMW and Rolls-Royce say that they'll begin notifying owners of the recalls this month. At that time, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a local dealer, who will replace the auxiliary water pump free of charge.
If you own one of the vehicles included on the previous recall -- namely, the 2011 BMW 5-Series, 2011 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo, or 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost -- your car's problems have probably already been fixed. However, we recommend you check with your dealer, just to be on the safe side.
If you have additional questions, we encourage you to contact BMW at 800-525-7417 or Rolls-Royce at 877-877-3735. Alternately, you can ring NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about recall campaign #12V161000 (BMW) or #12V166000 (Rolls-Royce).