WASHINGTON -- BMW of North America is recalling 198,000 vehicles to fix leaks that can develop in their power-braking system in the second safety setback for the company this week.
The company said in a statement today that the recall will include BMW 5 Series, 6 Series and 7 Series vehicles powered by V8 and V12 engines in 2002-2010 models. Also covered will be Rolls-Royce Phantom vehicles from the 2003-2010 model years.
The leaks can reduce the effectiveness of the power brakes, though no accidents or injuries have been reported, the statement said. Mechanical braking is still available to slow and stop the affected vehicles.
The BMW North America recall announced today is one of its biggest ever, company spokesman David Buchko said.
BMW's announcement follows by days a disclosure by federal regulators that they have opened an investigation of as many as 80,000 BMW 2004 and 2005 Mini Cooper models for possible loss of power-steering control.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration disclosed Tuesday that it has received 54 complaints and “a confidential number of field reports.”
“When the power steering assist stops working it requires increased force to steer the vehicle,” NHTSA's statement on its Web site said.
The complaints indicated that the power-steering problems may be related to a power steering pump failure, the agency said.