• Oct 1, 2010
Do you own a BMW product? Does that BMW product have a V8 or V12 engine under the hood? If you answered yes to both questions, listen up – BMW of North America has announced that they are getting ready to recall about 198,000 cars because their power braking systems have the potential to develop a leak.
The affected cars include: If you happen to own a Rolls-Royce Phantom (2003-2010), don't think your opulence can escape a potentially faulty braking system. Your ultra-lux land yacht is also part of the impending recall.

Though the leak can cause a reduction in braking power, BMW says the vehicles can still be brought to a halt safely. No accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of this issue. Official press release available after the jump. Thanks for the tip, Charles!

[Source: BMW]

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Voluntary Recall of Certain V8 and V12-powered BMW and Rolls-Royce Models.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – September 30, 2010... BMW of North America is submitting a letter to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) this week announcing a voluntary recall of approximately 198,000 V8 and V12-powered BMW 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars models produced between the 2002 and 2010 model years. In the affected vehicles, a leak may develop in the power braking system, potentially causing a vacuum loss and consequent reduction of power braking assistance. Mechanical braking is still available to slow and stop the vehicle. There has been no report of accidents or injuries.

BMW has prepared an inspection and repair procedure and will distribute replacement parts throughout the North American dealer network. Letters will be sent by First Class mail to owners of affected vehicles in the coming weeks, requesting the scheduling of a service appointment with an Authorized BMW Center to check their vehicle.

Drivers who experience reduced power braking assistance should immediately schedule a service appointment with an Authorized BMW Center. Customers with further questions should contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email customer.relations@bmwna.com.

Affected BMW models include:
• 2002-08 BMW 745i/Li, 750i/Li, and 760i/Li
• 2007-08 BMW Alpina B7
• 2004-10 BMW 645i and 650i
• 2004-10 BMW 545i and 550i

Affected Rolls-Royce Motor Cars models include:
• 2003-2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom models
(does not include Rolls-Royce Ghost)

BMW Group In America BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car centers, 336 BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 143 BMW motorcycle retailers, 100 MINI passenger car dealers, and 31 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

The BMW Group With its three brands – BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce – the BMW Group is one of the world's most successful premium manufacturers of cars and motorcycles. It operates internationally with 24 production sites in 13 countries and a global sales network with representation in more than 140 countries.

During the financial year 2009, the BMW Group sold approximately 1.29 million cars and more than 87,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for 2009 was euro 413 million, revenues totaled euro 50.68 billion. At 31.December 2009, the BMW Group had a workforce of approximately 96,000 employees.

Long-term thinking and responsible action have long been the foundation of the BMW Group's success. Striving for ecological and social sustainability along the entire value-added chain, taking full responsibility for our products and giving an unequivocal commitment to preserving resources are prime objectives firmly embedded in our corporate strategies. For these reasons, the BMW Group has been sector leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the last six years.

Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at: www.bmwgroupna.com
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Recalls: no manufacturer is immune.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the real news here is that BMW actually issued a recall. Typically BMWs don't experience recalls, they just have lots of "common problems."
        • 4 Years Ago
        Like how the N54 fanboys think that their 335i going into limp mode on highways is not that big a deal, because dropping down to 15-20mph on a highway is not going to endanger anyone beside them?

      • 4 Years Ago
      Ahhhh - the wondeful world of outsourcing. We get to see the 'benefits' everyday now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Rolls is owned by BMW so that would be INsourcing.
        Sharing components across many models is great for efficiency and cost reduction. As long as those components aren't defective.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What are you talking about, all the car's listed are made in Germany, except the RR.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So basically, this covers any BMW passenger car with an N62 V8 or N73 V12.

      N62 powered X5s are apparently not effected. And recent BMW's have changed over to the turbocharged N63 V8 and N74 V12, so they are not effected either. Finally, the S65 V8 powered M3 and the S63 powered X5M/X6M are not on the list either.