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Feds Probe 2013 BMW 328i After Loss of Brake Power Assist Complaints


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Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 90,000 2013 BMW 328i sedans after consumer complaints of loss of brake power assist.
  • The complaints allege incidents of hard brake pedal, increased braking effort and extended stopping distances.
  • The 2013 BMW 328i has not been recalled, but federal safety regulators have opened a preliminary evaluation into the matter.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 90,000 2013 BMW 328i vehicles after consumer complaints of loss of brake power assist.

NHTSA said it has "received four complaints alleging incidents of hard brake pedal, increased braking effort and increased stopping distances in 2013 BMW 328i vehicles."

"Three of the complaints indicate that the repairing dealer diagnosed a problem with the vacuum pump," said NHTSA in its summary of the probe.

There have been no crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to the investigation.

One unidentified consumer posted the following information on the NHTSA complaint Web site on July 18: "Roughly two months after taking possession of my new BMW 328i, I was driving on the freeway when my car suddenly and without warning lost all braking ability.

"The brake pedal was hard as a rock. Fortunately, I avoided an accident by coasting off the freeway and into a hotel parking lot. My car was taken by tow truck to a service department at BMW. My service advisor initially informed me that only the vacuum pump needed to be replaced. A week later, however, I am told that the intake camshaft must also be replaced because it is badly damaged."

"BMW is cooperating with the NHTSA on their investigation," wrote Dave Buchko, a BMW North America spokesman, in response to an Edmunds query on Tuesday.

The 2013 BMW 328i has not been recalled. Federal safety regulators have opened a preliminary evaluation into the matter.

Edmunds says: If your 2013 BMW 328i appears to have a loss of brake power assist, it should be taken to the dealer immediately. But other owners of the car should wait for NHTSA investigators to finish their work.

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