BMW is recalling 164 000 X5 sport-utility vehicles worldwide to fix a potential brake problem. It affects 2 249 vehicles in South Africa.

BMW is recalling 164 000 X5 sport-utility vehicles world-wide to fix a potential brake problem. It affects 2 249 vehicles in South Africa.

BMW spokesman Jochen Frey said vibrations could loosen the brake hose from its mounting in the front wheel suspension, causing it to grate against suspension parts or the inside of the wheel. Extended exposure could cause the hose to wear through, causing a loss of brake fluid or total failure of the front brake circuit.

It affects X5 models produced and delivered between August 1 1999 and April 12 2002.

BMW South Africa spokesman Clynton Yon told CARtoday.com that corrective action involved a 15-minute fix to retrofit retaining claws in order to ensure proper location of the front brake hoses on the spring strut.

“Under extreme conditions there is a remote chance that the brake hose could graze the wheel rim or the inside of the tyre and result in excessive wear. And, while there have been no reported cases of accidents arising from this, the BMW group's commitment to the highest safety standards dictated that this service action be instituted," Yon said.

Yon said BMW would contact all consumers whose vehicles are affected. “They will receive letters from their BMW dealers,” he said.

It is the second time X5 models have been recalled in South Africa. In August last year, BMW spokesman Richard Carter said that 220 X5 owners in South Africa were being contacted to bring in their vehicles for inspection. He said testing on the X5 had shown the brake pedal had “too much play in it”.

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