Drivers of 2010-2011 Rolls Royce Ghost models and several BMW models with turbocharged engines need to get their vehicles to their dealers. The cars are being recalled for a potentially hazardous defect that could turn their high-end autos into smoldering hunks of less luxurious melted plastic and steel.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the circuit boards on the cars' water pump could overheat and possibly catch fire.

The 2011 BMW models affected are the 5 Series and 5 Series Gran Turismo. 2012 models are the 6 Series, 7 Series, X5 and X6. All affected models have either the turbocharged V8 or V12. NHTSA says the number of BMWs affected is 2,846. About 60 Rolls Royce Ghosts will be recalled.

The recall is nearly identical to one announced last November that recalled 2010 Rolls Royce Ghosts. This campaign seems to address the same problem that plagued 2011 models.
Show full PR text
Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
BMW / 5-SERIES 2011
BMW / 5-SERIES GRAN TURISMO 2011
BMW / 6 SERIES 2012
BMW / 7-SERIES 2012
BMW / X5 SAV 2012
BMW / X6 SAV 2012
Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC Mfr's Report Date: APR 05, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V161000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:OTHER FUEL TYPES:TURBO-CHARGER
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,846
Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 5-SERIES, 5-SERIES GRAN TURISMO, MODEL YEAR 2012 6-SERIES CONVERTIBLE, 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 APRIL 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.
Notes:
THIS RECALL IS AN EXPANSION OF SAFETY RECALL 11V521. CUSTOMERS MAY 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.

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
ROLLS-ROYCE / GHOST 2010-2011
Manufacturer: ROLLS-ROYCE MOTORS, INC. Mfr's Report Date: APR 05, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V166000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:TURBO-CHARGER
Potential Number of Units Affected: 69
Summary:
ROLLS-ROYCE IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 GHOST VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 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:
ROLLS-ROYCE WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE AUXILIARY WATER PUMP FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT ROLLS-ROYCE CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-877-877-3735.
Notes:
THIS RECALL IS AN EXPANSION OF RECALL NO. 11V522. CUSTOMERS MAY 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.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 37 Comments
      adam1keith1980
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some engineer in Munich is “improving” the design as we speak. He/she is now proposing the following: Addition of a secondary water pump to cool the main water pump. In case of a water pump failure, higher temperature will trigger a communication system to notify the nearest dealership and first responders, and doors locks are deactivated to prevent occupants from being trapped in case the car is burning. Also, thinner plastic should be used to make the components to compensate for the additional weight of additional safety mechanisms because less weight = more fuel economy, despite less durability. Furthermore, a belt driven water pump is not considered because it is a proven technology that is too simple, and simple = more reliability and less repair costs = less new cars sold when warranties expire.
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, BMW certainly did increase quality and reliability of the RR, but then BMW quality and reliability is really nothing to brag about.
      jimjdb5591
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was driving along in my Rolls munching on some shrimp sipping an impertinent chablis when smoke appeared from under the hood. Immediately my chauffer, Rollo, threw his body over the offending part smothering the blaze. Don't worry, I,m fine as is the motorcar. Only damage was a broken crystal wine glass and some spillage on my 1000 dollar loafers. Darn shame to lose Rollins too, there's a good fellow.....
      Paul Burr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Call me clueless, but what the hell is a circuit board doing on a water pump? Have we reached the point in car design where EVERY system is digitally controlled?
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul Burr
        That's because it's BMW. Their motto is - Complex is Better They put sensors in everything - from water pump to brake pads. Guess what - sensors fail more often than the part they were sensing.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul Burr
        [blocked]
        Antonio
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul Burr
        The auxiliar water pump is electrically driven, not belt driven, hence the electronics. That's because it works when the belt driven water pump is shut down. Probably needed for the start/stop functions and the for cooling the turbo(s) after the engine is turned off.
          desinerd1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Antonio
          RR Ghost uses Start/Stop? That's kind of lame.
      redgpgtp97
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another mishap for mighty BMW.
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      Smoldering electronics? Glad to see they are still holding on to that English heritage.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        adam1keith1980
        • 2 Years Ago
        People expect reliability from Japanese cars, so when something goes wrong, people are outraged. People also expect unreliability from BMW, so there is nothing new here. It is still a good laugh to see a device for cooling catches fire.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      another Dan
      • 2 Years Ago
      at these prices? REALLY!?!
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      what a shame. You would think a car that costs a quarter million dollars would be near flawless. Hey, at least the Phantom wont have this problem.......will it?
      yoretha
      • 2 Years Ago
      DAMMIT DAMMIT DAMMIT!!!! Now I'm stuck with my Maybach!
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why does a water pump need a circuit board? All that german engineering and they couldn't figure out how to run a water pump off the serpentine belt? The last thing a Rolls Royce owner will want to put up with is a recall of their car, especially a publicized one, since that'll make it the last RR they buy.
    • Load More Comments