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The summer of recalls continues, with BMW getting in on the action. The automaker is recalling nearly 200,000 vehicles. The BMW recall includes BMWs from the 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, and Roll-Royce. The safety concern involves power brake lines which could develop a leak.
BMW said it has no reports of accidents or injures and that mechanical braking would still stop the vehicle in the case of a leak. BMW is calling the recall voluntary. The New York Times points out this is a bit dubious as automakers must recall vehicles once a safety defect becomes apparent.
The BMW recall includes:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a leak may develop in the power braking system, potentially causing a vacuum loss and consequent reduction of power braking assistance. This would only occur in rare circumstances when “a check valve of the brake vacuum pump may leak a small amount of lubricating oil.”
BMW will conduct the inspection and repair as well as distribute replacement parts. Owners of vehicles should expect to receive letters in the mail in the next few weeks with further information on scheduling an appointment.
Although it sounds like the risk of having problems are fairly low, you should always error on the side of caution when it comes to braking problems. If you own a vehicle on the list, keep an eye on the brakes until the vehicle has been serviced. If you suffer a partial or total brake failure, pull over as soon as it is safe and call a service agent. You should not drive a vehicle that has suffered a brake loss.