German luxury automaker BMW is recalling around 76,200 cars in the United States due to a problem that could result in reduced braking power. ABC News reported on Oct. 1, 2013, that the main issue is with the power brake system in the BMWs and could lead to serious issues if left unfixed.
In some of the vehicles, the supply of lubricating oil going to the power brake pump can be interrupted. If that were to happen, BMW announced that power braking assistance could very well be lost. The brakes will still work, but the driver will have to use much more effort to stop the car.
Braking distances will also be longer.
Vehicles involved in the BMW recall are:
- 2012-14 BMW 320i and 328i sedans
- 2014 328i xDrive Sports wagons
- 2012-13 BMW 528i sedans
- 2013-14 BMW X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i SUVs
- 2013-14 BMW X3 xDrive28i SUVs
- 2012-14 BMW Z4 sDrive28i sports cars
All of these vehicles are equipped with BMW's 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. In total, about 176,000 vehicles are being recalled worldwide.
BMW has said that they will notify all owners of affected vehicles by mail. They expect very few vehicles to actually have experienced the problem. BMW also said that most instances occurred within the first 1,000 miles of driving.