BMW of North America is recalling more than 5,000 vehicles equipped with potentially balky breaks.
The Westwood, New Jersey-based manufacturer notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on July 6, 2018 they will recall 5,594 2019 BMW X4 xDrive30i and 2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i vehicles built between April 16 and June 1, 2018.
The affected vehicles were manufactured with rear break caliper pistons lacking proper coating. An incompletely coated piston can temporarily trap and release gas into the rear brake circuit. This gas can form pockets within the circuit, degrading brake performance and increasing crash risk.
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BMW reported one of their drivers at an assembly plant noticed a brake pedal travel increase while moving a vehicle on May 7, 2018. Engineers inspected multiple vehicles but initially found no other instances. However, several dealers reported similar cases in lot vehicles later in the month.
Brake component supplier ZF TRW Global Braking indicated on May 24, 2018 the rear brake calibers may not meet specifications. Further analysis showed stopping distances can be affected, and on June 29, 2018 BMW
issued a voluntary safety recall.
BMW will notify owners and dealers will bleed the rear brake circuit free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 21, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417, or visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
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Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to assist you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.