BMW has issued a recall of five different model lines covering the years 2008-2011 due to a fire risk. Turbocharged eight- and twelve-cylinder engines in the 5 Series, 5 Series Gran Turismo, 7 Series, X5 and X6 could suffer from overheating circuit boards that control the electric auxiliary water pump.

The overheating board could cause the pump to smoulder, and in extreme cases among the 102 failures, BMW has found there were two engine compartment fires. BMW will send recall notices for 32,000 vehicles and dealers will replace the pump free of charge. The NHTSA report detailing the recall is after the jump.
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Report Date: October 30, 2011 at 04:45 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 11V521000


Vehicle Make / Model:
BMW / 5-SERIES 2008-2011
BMW / 5-SERIES GRAN TURISMO 2008-2011
BMW / 7-SERIES 2008-2011
BMW / X5 2008-2011
BMW / X6 2008-2011

Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC
Mfr's Report Date: OCT 20, 2011

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:OTHER FUEL TYPES:TURBO-CHARGER

Potential Number of Units Affected: 32,084

Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008-2011 5-SERIES, 5-SERIES GRAN TURISMO, 7-SERIES, X5 SAV, AND X6 SAV VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 8- OR 12-CYLINDER, TURBOCHARGED, ENGINES BECAUSE THE CIRCUIT BOARD FOR THE ELECTRIC AUXILIARY WATER PUMP CAN OVERHEAT.

Consequence:
THIS COULD LEAD TO A SMOLDERING OF THE PUMP OR AN ENGINE COMPARTMENT OR VEHICLE FIRE.

Remedy:
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE AUXILIARY WATER PUMP FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.

Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      warren,
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmm.... you sure this isn't a case of people intentionally setting fire to their 5GTs and X6s because they can no longer stand the shame of actually having purchased this monstrosities?
        Susan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @warren,
        Good point. Maybe they "mysteriously" catch on fire just like big caddies and SUVs did during the high gas price problems in 2008. But consider, anyone who voluntarily bought or leased an X6 or Gran Tourism when new probably does not have the sense of style or taste that would make him realize that the thing is passé or just plain gross.
      hman570
      • 3 Years Ago
      All that money and it will burn you up!!!
      ToyotaSupraMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      A boring GT/SUV/Saloon/Coupe/whatever the **** is the 5 Series GT shouldn't light on fire. That's supercar stuff.
      BVSX
      • 3 Years Ago
      This recall is just for US market or for the European markets as well?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Arn
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I had a car that ugly, I'd want it to burn!
      osasun42
      • 3 Years Ago
      WHAT ABOUT THE 335 SERIES THAT CATCH FIRE????? MORE THAT TWO 335'S HAVE BURNED UP BECAUSE OF ENGINE FIRES. FULL DISCLOUSURE BMW, YOUR BETTER THAN THIS
      dal
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just another POS BMW
      hackitoff
      • 3 Years Ago
      Touche to all those that think Europeans build better carss than here in America
        arvig
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hackitoff
        @hackitiff: And I can find articles where American cars were recalled this year. Would you then say touche? I'm not saying American cars are bad. I'm simply pointing out that pretty much every brand, from every place that is noted for building automobiles has recalls. Of course, I could point out that "american" pretty much only means the HQ building is located in America, that every American brand has a lot of factories outside of America, and that most foreign brands often have a factory or two IN America, but I'd be digressing at that point.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @arvig
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      desinerd1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't believe people pay 60 grand for this
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      It can't be! I've been told only American cars caught on fire! What is it with all these insane teabaggers and their ilk injecting politics into these boards? It was bad enough when it was vaguely related to cars but now the guns nuts are spamming their spew.
        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Agreed. Keep the comments relevant to cars
        sonyfan13
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        What the heck are you complaining about? There are only 19 posts up so far and NONE of them even remotely speak about politics of any kind. Are you here to talk about the problems with the cars and BMW's attempt to resolve them or are you here to vent off-topic? What is it with people like you who just have to bash Tea partiers and pro-gunners at any given opportunity? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Oh, and yes, there have been imported cars that have caught fire due to defects. One recent example is the recall of the Honda Fit related to problems with its master power window switch assembly allowing water into it and causing a short circuit. But, usually (not always, though: Toyota's lackluster effort with unintended acceleration problems comes to mind), many foreign car companies are very good about responding to problems and issuing appropriate recalls.
          MAX
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sonyfan13
          THANKFULLY THE MODERATORS TOOK THE POST DOWN AS WELL AS AN ADVERTISING SPAM POST
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
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