German carmaker BMW has announced it is recalling about 176,000 vehicles it manufactured because of problems with the power brake system. The vehicles that are impacted have 2-liter 4-cylinder engines that are turbocharged. BMW has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of its decision to recall the vehicles.
Explaining the malfunction in detail, the German car manufacturer said that the oil supply for the vacuum pump that operates the brake booster, which is used for power assist, can be interrupted. The brakes reportedly would still function, but would require the driver to press the pedal significantly harder. The car would also have to travel much farther before coming to a complete stop.
The recall involves 76,200 vehicles that were sold in the United States. Models affected by the recall include the 2012-14 BMW 320i and 328i sedans; 2014 328i xDrive sports wagons; 2012-13 BMW 528i sedans; 2013-14 BMW X1 sDrive 28i and X1 xDrive28i; 2013-14 BMW X3 xDrive28i; and 2012-14 BMW Z4 sDrive28i.
According to BMW, those who own affected models will be notified by mail to schedule an appointment at a dealership to bring their cars in for the needed repairs. BMW said that in the event an owner is operating their vehicle and brake assist is lost, they should immediately pull off the roadway and call for BMW roadside assistance. Drivers should not continue driving after power brake assist has been lost, the company noted.
More than 306,000 vehicles have been recalled by BMW since 2010 for various problems related to the brake booster. In February of this year, the company recalled about 30,000 of its X5 SUVs that were equipped with V-8 engines because the oil could contaminate the brake booster, according to the automaker. Back in 2010, the company recalled about 200,000 vehicles for the same problem. BMW said the recalls are voluntary, but after a car maker becomes aware of a problem it must inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration within five days of its plan to recall and repair or face a civil fine.
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