Nearly 300,000 Mini Coopers are being recalled after makers detected an electrical fault which could lead cars to catch fire. The recall affects approximately 30,000 vehicles in Britain and 235,000 worldwide.
Safety checks have revealed a problem which can cause the water pump to fail, potentially causing the car to overheat. The recall relates to two models – the Mini Cooper S and the Mini John Cooper Works, manufactured by German car maker, BMW.
Amazingly, a spokesman has insisted that the vehicles remain safe to drive, as there is a “very low incidence” of the fault. He goes on to say that “In more extreme cases, it could create a heat build-up in the wiring and some smoldering,” and that “Potentially it could cause a fire”.
Really? Low incidence or not, I don’t want to be part of the “very low incidence” and driving the one vehicle that does catch on fire.
Owners will be issued with a recall notice in the next few weeks and are being encouraged to “simply” go to the dealer and have it fixed.
Honestly, I didn’t like these cars before I heard about this recall.