BMW Recalls 350K Cars Over Brake Issues

Company's biggest cars could develop leak in power brakes
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2010 10:23 AM CDT
This March 18, 2009 file photo shows a BMW logo on a wheel of a BMW car prior the annual balance news conference in Munich, southern Germany.   (AP)

(Newser) – BMW has announced a recall of 350,800 cars worldwide over a potential leak in their power braking system. The majority of the cars recalled, 198,000 to be precise, are in the US, Bloomberg reports. The recalls come in the wake of customer complaints that they had to push especially hard on the brake pedal to get their cars to stop. The company calls it a “pro-active” measure that poses no safety issue.

That’s because though the power brakes may fail, the defect won’t affect the car’s mechanical brakes, so with enough effort, drivers will be able to stop. The recall will affect an array of BMW and Rolls-Royce-brand cars produced between 2002 and 2010. The affected models all have V-8 or V-12 engines. “It’s our largest cars,” a spokesman tells the Christian Science Monitor, which has a full list of the problem cars.

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