Bmwre­calls X5s for power brak­ing de­fect

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By KARLA PIN­COTT

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

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