BMW is set to recall up to 26,000 of its cars in the UK, as well as about 1,200 Rolls-Royces, due to a braking problem.
The recall involves cars with V8 and V12 engines, including BMW 5, 6 and 7 Series made between 2002 and 2010, plus some Rolls-Royce Phantoms built from 2003 to 2010.
The problem concerns leaks that can develop in the power braking system, leading to vacuum loss and a reduction in power braking assistance. BMW has stated that mechanical braking is still available to slow and stop the vehicle.
The company says drivers who experience reduced power braking assistance should make a service appointment immediately.
The UK recall is part of a global 340,000-vehicle recall announced by BMW. 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.”
Rolls-Royce chairman and BMW executive Ian Robertson has stated that the firm is ‘resolving the situation quickly’. He also said that the actual number of UK cars recalled would be closer to 11,400, although the Vehicle Operator and Standards Agency (VOSA) is not yet displaying the official recall notice online.
Saying that there had been no reported injuries relating to the fault, he added: “You get a slight reduction in braking. You do not lose it.”
BMW owners in the UK who think they might be affected by the recall are advised to contact BMW customer services on 0800 325600.