According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, BMW is set to recall 76,000 of its vehicles. This recall pertains to the years 2012 through 2014 and includes various models.
What is the recall for?
The recall on BMWs has to due with a loss of power brake assist caused by an interruption of the oil supply to the vacuum pump, which operates the brake booster. The brake booster is what makes the power assist work.
What does this problem mean?
According to Matthew Russell, who is a spokesman for BMW, the brakes on the BMWs in question will still function. Matthew says the problem will only make it harder for the driver to press the brake pedal. However, this problem can cause stopping distances to grow as it will take more effort to stop the car.
What models are affected by the recall?
2012 to 2014 328i and 320i and the 320i and 328i xDrive Sedan.
2013-2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagon.
2012-2013 528i and 528i xDrive Sedan.
2013-2014 Xi sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i.
2013-2014 X3 xDrive28i.
2012-2014 Z4 sDrive 2.81i.
How many vehicles has BMW had to recall of late?
Since 2010, there have been 306,000 vehicles recalled by BMW for various brake booster issues. They recalled around 30,000 of their X5 sport utility vehicles in February. This recall was issued due to the risk of oil contamination in the brake booster.
What type of BMW recall was this?
According to BMW, these recalls were voluntary and are only precautionary. However, it is stated that once a manufacturer is aware of an issue, it must inform the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration within five business days or face fines.
What can we learn from recalls?
BMW is a luxury brand. However, even BMW has to issue recalls on their vehicles on occasion. These recalls just point out that there is no perfect vehicle design and virtually every vehicle will have its share of problems. Therefore, as consumers, it is wise to stay informed about recalls when they are issued.