BMW Recalls 2007-2010 X5 SUVs To Fix Brakes

February 15, 2013

BMW is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2007 through 2010 X5 SUVs, due to a possible oil leak that could lead to loss of power-assisted braking.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website lists the number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall at 30,265. Affected X5 SUVs are those equipped with a V-8 engine that were built from September 12, 2006 through March 18, 2010.

2008 BMW X5

2008 BMW X5

The problem

In documentation (PDF) BMW filed with the federal agency, the automaker said the recall involves the power assist braking function of affected vehicles, and that less than one percent of the X5 SUVs recalled are expected to exhibit the issue.

Briefly, a small amount of oil can leak from the check valve of the brake vacuum pump into the vacuum hose. Over a period of time, this could contaminate the brake booster, possibly affecting power assist braking. BMW says that loss of power assist braking could occur “in an extreme case,” but that the vehicle’s service brake control “would still be able to slow and stop the vehicle.”

Furthermore, the automaker said that the vehicle still satisfies the applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) pertaining to conditions in which there is a loss of power-assist braking.

BMW said that it has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to this issue.

This is the same issue that prompted a 2010 recall of about 200,000 BMW 5-Series, 6-Series, and 7-Series vehicles. The X5 SUV was not recalled at that time, says BMW, because the brake line on the X5 “has an upward routing in comparison to the horizontal routing” on the vehicles recalled in 2010. Since upward routing was deemed less susceptible to the problem, no recall was required. Since that time, the number of warranty claims has increased, leading BMW to the decision to conduct a voluntary recall.  

Updated - Official images of the 2007 BMW X5

Updated - Official images of the 2007 BMW X5

What BMW will do

BMW will notify owners and dealers will inspect and replace the brake vacuum line, including a check line, on all vehicles. If necessary, the brake booster and brake master cylinder will also be replaced. The service will be performed at no charge. The BMW safety recall is expected to begin in February 2013.  

In the meantime, owners of 2007 through 2010 BMW X5 SUVs with any questions or concerns may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or by email to [email protected]

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V045000.

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