Bmwrecalls X5s for power braking defect
BMW has recalled about 1600 V8-powered X5s for a defect that risks power-assisted braking failure.
The recall, affecting vehicles in Australia built from January 1, 2007, to March 5, 2010, is part of a global defect notice on 35,000 X5s in the US and Canada.
BMW says a vacuum hose leading to the brake booster has the potential to bleed oil into it, damaging an internal rubber membrane and leading to the loss of power braking assistance.
If that happens, the car can only be effectively braked if the driver pushes the pedal extremely hard and with some drivers unable to exert enough pressure there is the risk of the vehicle not stop- ping soon enough or in a short enough distance to avoid collision.
‘‘The immediate fix is to replace the hose with a modified one that eliminates the problem,’’ BMW spokesman Scott Croaker says.
‘‘However if oil has got into the booster, we will replace the whole booster.’’
The fault was discovered when overseas warranty claims increased. No incidents have been reported here.
Owners of affected vehicles should contact their nearest BMW service centre, or call the BMW Australia hotline on 1800 813 299.
The recall applies to about 1600 X5 V8s in Australia