BMW, Rolls-Royce set to recall nearly 200,000 vehicles with braking issues

James Raia

Nearly 200,000 luxury sedans from BMW and Rolls Royce and dating to 2002 are being recalled to fix a potential leak in the power-braking system. The cars included BMW 5 Series, 6 Series and 7 Series as well as the high-priced Phantom.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a power-steering probe of the BMW Z4 in July, following one crash and 107 complaints.

The power-braking leaks create a vacuum loss that impairs a feature used when brakes are applied, BMW explained on its website.

BMW will notify recalled vehicles owners by mail. Dealers will inspect the cars and replace the parts. Drivers who lose braking power should immediately schedule a service appointment.

The recall covers the 745i/Li, 750i/Li and 760i/Li models from 2002 through 2008, as well as the Alpina B7 from 2007 and 2008. The BMW 645i, 650i, 545i and 550i models from 2004 through 2010 are also included.

The repair campaign applies to 2003-2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom models, which have a starting price of $380,000.

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