On Saturday, BMW announced that the company would need to recall over 32000 vehicles manufactured between 2008 and 2011 due to faulty electric auxiliary water pumps that cause overheating and the likelihood of causing fires. BMW 5 series Gran Turismo, 7 Series, X5 SAV and X6 SAV Models with 8 or 12 cylinder turbo charged engines are in danger of overheating due to this deficiency and hence would be recalled.
102 cases of pump failures and two engine compartment fires have been reported though there were no reports of any injuries or crashes. The function of auxiliary pump is to cool the turbocharger and can sometimes fail to function resulting in overheating. This could lead to fire, though in most cases drivers will be alerted by a warning.
This discrepancy was noticed by the company in 2009 and in April 2010 a burning electric wire was discovered in a BMW vehicle. Two further complaints made the company take a decision to recall these vehicles. Owners will be notified from next month when dealers will be instructed to replace the electric auxiliary water pump to ensure proper functioning.