BMW is recalling 30,265 of its X5 SUVs from model years 2007-2010 to correct a brake vacuum pump leak, according to U.S. safety regulators.
BMW, in notifying the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said only vehicles equipped with V8 engines are affected.
BMW, in its NHTSA filing, said the “brake vacuum pump may leak a small amount of lubricating oil into the vacuum hose (which) could result in contamination of the brake booster.”
In some cases, BMW said, “loss of power assist braking could occur,” which “could increase stopping distance and lead to a vehicle crash.”
BMW said it has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue.
The automaker will provide free replacement parts and plans to notify customers and dealers this month.
The X5 is a luxury SUV that is priced in the United States from $48,000 to $65,000. It competes with similar models from Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and other premium brands.
BMW also announced it is recalling 504,545 vehicles due to a problem in the electrical system that could cause unexpected stalling, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The affected cars include model-year 2008-12 1 Series coupes and convertibles manufactured between December 2007 and July 2011; 2007-11 3 Series coupes and convertibles manufactured March 2007 through July 2011; 2007-11 3 Series sedans manufactured between March 2007 and October 2011; 2007-11 3 Series wagons manufactured March 2007 through June 2011; and 2009-11 Z4 roadsters manufactured between March 2009 and June 2011. The connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time. The high current flow and heat from electrical resistance may break the connection, resulting in a loss of electrical power. This could cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
BMW will begin notifying owners in March, and dealers will replace the positive battery cable connector and secure it with an improved method for free.