BMW has announced to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it will conduct a voluntary recall on various 2012-2014 BMW vehicles for a possible brake issue.
The affected models include 2012-2014 320i and 328i vehicles (xDrive included), 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagon, 2012-2013 528i and 528i xDrive, 2013-2014 X1 sDrive28i and xDrive28i, 2013-2014 X3 xDrive28i and the 2012-2014 Z4 sDrive28i. The issue comes from a restriction to the oil supply from the intake camshaft to the brake vacuum pump. If the oil supply is restricted, the brake vacuum pump can fail due to lack of lubrication and can result in a loss of power brake assist.
Up to 76,190 vehicles in the U.S. are affected by the recall, and the German automaker is aware of three minor accidents but no confirmed injuries as a result of the problem. A service letter will be sent out in November-December for the recall, but if you own the vehicle and experience a loss in braking power, it is advised to pull to the side of the road and have your vehicle towed to the nearest dealership. A repair solution for existing vehicles on the road is currently under development.
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