Bad Brakes: BMW Recalling X5

A number of automotive publications are reporting this morning that BMW is recalling approximately 30,000 X5 SUVs. The SUVs, which are from the 2007-2010 model years, were supposedly affixed with faulty brake vacuum pumps. BMW says the pumps may malfunction and leak fluid onto the SUV’s brake hose. If this occurs, the SUV’s power-assisted braking could fail and therefore the distance required for the vehicle to stop will increase. The German automaker fears this may amplify the risk of a crash, and as a result—passenger injury.

More specifically, the vehicles affected by the recall were equipped with V-8 engines and manufactured between September 12, 2006 and March 18, 2010. According to Motor Authority, BMW has already begun notifying owners of the recalled vehicles. As expected, the automaker is asking owners to bring their X5 SUVs into their local BMW dealership for inspection and a free repair.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign ID number for the recall is 13V045000. For more information you can contact the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 or call BMW at 1-800-525-7417. Alternatively, you can visit the NHTSA’s website at or e-mail BMW at [email protected]

Source: Motor Authority