BMW recalls 200,000 cars over brake leaks in N. America

BMW of North America is to recall nearly 200,000 luxury vehicles over leaks that could develop in the power braking system.

The recall involves BMW 5, 6 and 7 Series vehicles powered by V8 and V12 engines from the 2002-2010 model years and some Rolls-Royce cars from the 2003-2010 model years.

The German car maker said last night a leak could develop in the power braking system, leading to a vacuum loss and the reduction of power braking assistance. Mechanical braking is still available to slow and stop the vehicle, the company says.

BMW said there had been no reports of accidents or injuries.

Vehicles covered by the recall include: 2002-2008 BMW 745i/Li, 750i/Li and 760i/Li; 2007-2008 BMW Alpina B7; 2004-2010 BMW 645i and 650i; and 2004-2010 BMW 545i and 550i. The recall also includes 2003-2010 Rolls Royce Phantom models. The car maker said the Rolls-Royce Ghost was not affected.

BMW said it had prepared an inspection-and-repair procedure and would distribute replacement parts throughout its North American dealer network. Owners will be notified by post in the coming weeks and asked to make an appointment with their dealer.

The company said drivers who experienced reduced power braking assistance should make a service appointment immediately.


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