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198,000 BMW's To Be Recalled For Brake Leakage

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On: Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 2:17PM | By: John Welch


198,000 BMW's To Be Recalled For Brake Leakage

A collective "D'oh!" could be heard emanating for BMW North America's headquarters this morning, as company execs read the startling news that 198,000 of their babies would have to recalled over a braking issue. Thankfully, this is BMW and not Toyota, so instead of the requisite "cover it up for six years" mentality employed by their Japanese counterparts, BMW is taking the initiative and ordering a recall before the customary NHTSA report is released. Good on ya, Bimmer, way to jump the shark or whatever . . .

The recall encompasses all BMW products built between 2002 and 2010, that feature 8- or 12-cylinder engines. Yes, overpaid hedge-fund yuppies, that means Rolls Royce as well. In the affected vehicles, it is possible for the power braking system to leak. This can result in a loss of vacuum pressure and a reduction in the amount of braking assistance the system gives the driver. When this occurs, the mechanical brakes still function and can slow and stop the car, but requires more driver effort to press the pedal. See? It isn't even that bad! There have been no reports of any injuries or deaths as a result of this issue.

BMW is setting up an inspection and repair procedure, and will distribute this info along with spare parts to its entire North American dealer network. Though affected customers will be alerted by first-class mail, anyone experiencing braking issues with their Bimmer should report the issue to an authorized BMW service center immediately.

Venture inside the post for a list of affected vehicles . . .

Affected BMW models include:

* 2002-08 BMW 745i/Li, 750i/Li, and 760i/Li

* 2007-08 BMW Alpina B7

* 2004-10 BMW 645i and 650i

* 2004-10 BMW 545i and 550i

Affected Rolls-Royce Motor Cars models include:

* 2003-2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom models

(The recall does not include the Rolls-Royce Ghost)


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