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Saturday 17 March 2018

Brake fault concerns in hundreds of luxury cars

Eddie Cunningham Motoring Editor

MORE than 500 BMW and Rolls-Royce luxury cars are being recalled here after a potential fault in the braking system was found in the US.

A number of cars made between July 2001 and November 2009 in the BMW 5-series, 6-series and 7-series could be affected. The models involved have large petrol engines -- with eight cylinders (V8) and 12 cylinders (V12).

Many of these would have cost upwards of €100,000.

Also affected are Rolls-Royce Phantom models made in the same time frame -- although the number of these €300,000-plus models in circulation here is likely to be extremely small.

The potential problem is in the power braking system, which 'helps' the driver apply more pressure to the brakes.

However, in the affected vehicles, BMW says a leak may develop in the system, which could cause a loss of vacuum and reduce the amount of braking assistance available.

BMW emphasises that ordinary mechanical braking is not affected. The company says there have been no reported accidents or injuries.

When contacted by the Irish Independent, a spokesperson said 533 BMWs were affected here. There was no immediate figure for Rolls-Royces involved.

The spokesperson said owners with concerns should contact the BMW customer service number on 1890 719 420.

Irish Independent

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