2012-'14 BMW 320i and 328i Among Vehicles Recalled for Brake Booster Problem


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    BMW is recalling 76,200 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2012-'14 BMW 320i and 328i, because of a loss of power brake assist. | October 01, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The 2012'-14 BMW 320i and 328i sedan are among 76,200 BMW vehicles in the U.S. that are being recalled because of a loss of power brake assist.
  • Other vehicles involved in the recall are the 2012-'14 BMW 320i and 328i xDrive sedan; 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagon; 2012-13 528i and 528i xDrive sedan; 2013-'14 X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i; 2013-'14 X3 xDrive28i and 2012-'14 Z4 sDrive28i.
  • The braking system remains operational, but the amount of pedal pressure required to bring the vehicle to a full stop will be "significantly greater," said BMW in a statement.

WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey — The 2012'-14 BMW 320i and 328i sedan are among 76,200 BMW vehicles in the U.S. that are being recalled because of a loss of power brake assist, the automaker told Edmunds on Tuesday.

The action is part of a larger global recall of 176,000 vehicles by the German automaker.

Other vehicles involved in the U.S. recall are the 2012-'14 BMW 320i and 328i xDrive sedan; 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagon; 2012-13 528i and 528i xDrive sedan; 2013-'14 X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i; 2013-'14 X3 xDrive28i and 2012-'14 Z4 sDrive28i.

The braking system remains operational, but the amount of pedal pressure required to bring the vehicle to a full stop will be "significantly greater," said BMW in a statement.

"You still have the ability to stop the car," said Matthew Russell, a BMW of North America spokesman, in a phone conversation. "The brake system integrity is not compromised."

The company said owners of the affected vehicles may continue to drive them.

The vehicles are equipped with the BMW TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

"In very rare cases, the oil supply that provides lubrication to the vacuum pump which operates the power assist brake booster may be interrupted," BMW said. "If that happens, the driver will experience a loss of power braking assist."

BMW noted: "Stopping distances could be longer than normal."

The company says owners will be notified by mail to bring their cars in for repair when parts are available. It has not specified a date for the recall. Owners can contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.

No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S.

Edmunds says: BMW says if drivers experience a loss of power braking assist, they should carefully move away from traffic and pull over to a safe location as soon as possible and stop the vehicle. Then they should call BMW Roadside Assistance at 1-800-332-4269.

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