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BMW recalls 235,500 Minis due to fire hazard

2011 MINI Cooper S


BMW on Monday said it has launched a global recall of 235,500 Mini vehicles because electronic circuit boards could overheat and cause a fire.

A spokesman for the German company said the recall was a precautionary measure and that BMW was unaware of accidents or injuries caused by the possible defect.

BMW could not immediately say how much the recall would cost.

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According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website, BMW is recalling certain Mini Cooper, Cooper S, Clubman, Cooper JCW, Clubman, Countryman and Convertible models.

"The electric auxiliary water pump that cools the turbocharger has an electronic circuit board that can malfunction and overheat," the NHTSA's website said. "The circuit board may smoulder, which could result in a vehicle fire," the website further said, adding that BMW will notify owners and dealers will replace the water pump free of charge.

The safety recall is expected to begin in February, the NHTSA's website said.

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