BMW of North America is recalling certain 3 Series, 5 Series, X1, X3, and Z4 models due to a faulty brake pump that may result in poor braking. In total, around 76,000 cars in the U.S. are affected.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, insufficient lubrication to the vacuum pump that helps supply brake power may cause the device to fail.
“A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash,” NHTSA said in a recall notice. According to BMW, drivers will still be able to stop the car in the event of the brake pump failure, but it will take more force than is typically necessary.
All recalled models are equipped with 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engines. Models affected by the BMW recall include the 2012-2014 320i and 328i including the xDrive models as well as the 2013-2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagon. Other models include the 2012-2013 528i, 528i xDrive, 2013-2014 X1 sDrive28i and xDrive 28i, 2013-14 X3 xDrive28i, and the 2012-2014 Z4 sDrive 28i.
The BMW recall is slated to begin in November. BMW owners can contact (800) 525-7417 for any questions on the BMW recall. Visit www.safercar.gov for more information on all vehicle recalls in the U.S.