Mini is recalling select 2007-2011 models for issues with a water pump that could result in fire.
The Problem: Mini models with the turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four-cylinder engine may also have a faulty water pump in charge of cooling the turbocharger, similar to the issue BMW recalled its V-8s for recently. The pump’s circuit board can overheat or smolder, which could ultimately result in an engine fire.
The Fix: BMW will replace the water pump, free of charge. Mini is expected to begin the recall next month, but owners can call BMW at 1-866-275-6464 in the meantime with any questions.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: A total of 88,911 Minis. That includes 60,476 MINI Cooper S hardtop models made between November 2006 and October 2010, 16,079 Cooper S Clubmans made between July 2007 and October 2010, 7177 Cooper S Convertibles made between December 2008 and October 2010, 1864 John Cooper Works hardtop models made between March 2008 and October 2010, 865 JCW Clubmans made between March 2008 and October 2010, 349 JCW Convertibles made between February 2009 and October 2010, and 2101 Cooper S Countrymans made between August 2010 and January 2011.
The Problem: The Dodge Charger SRT8 and Chrysler 300 SRT8 models have tire pressure monitoring systems that will trigger a warning light when one or more of the tires hit 22 pounds per square inch. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards require that the TPMS warning light come on when a car’s tires are 25 percent below full; for the Charger and 300, that would be 24 psi. Drivers could run their cars on underinflated tires for too long, which could result in a blowout.
The Fix: Chrysler will recalibrate the TPMS, free of charge. No parts need to be replaced. The recall will begin next month, but customers can call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 303 cars, which were made between May 2, 2011 and November 17, 2011.
Ford is recalling some F-650 Super Duty models for problems with the steering.
The Problem: Some F-650 models, which have the Meritor MFS08 front steer axle, have improperly tightened bolts that attach the steering arm and steering knuckle. If the steering arm becomes loose or separates from the knuckle, the truck could lose steering control, which could lead to a crash.
The Fix: Ford will inspect the steering arm and knuckle and repair or replace any parts that are affected, free of charge. The recall is set to start on January 18, and owners can call Ford at 1-866-436-7332 for more information.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 36 Ford F-650s, manufactured between February 2, 2011 and February 17, 2011.