BMW recalls cars amid brakes fears
The BMW car company is to recall around 26,000 BMW models in the UK as well as about 1,200 Rolls-Royces due to a braking problem, it has been announced.
The recall involves BMW 5, 6 and 7 Series vehicles powered by V8 and V12 engines from the 2002-2010 model years and some Rolls-Royce Phantom cars from the 2003-2010 model years.
The problem involves leaks which could develop in the power braking system, leading to vacuum loss and a reduction in power braking assistance. Mechanical braking is still available to slow and stop the vehicle, BMW said.
The UK recall is part of a global 340,000-vehicle recall announced by BMW. This includes around 200,000 vehicles in North America.
A spokesman added: "We are writing to all the owners involved asking them to arrange a service appointment.
"There have not been any accidents or injuries."
The company said a leak could develop in the power braking system, leading to a vacuum loss and the reduction of power braking assistance. Mechanical braking is still available to slow and stop the vehicle, BMW added.
The company said drivers who experienced reduced power braking assistance should make a service appointment immediately.
The BMW recall follows a series of recalls over recent months by Toyota involving a number of different problems and affecting around nine million vehicles worldwide.