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BMW Recalls Nearly 80,000 Vehicles Over Braking System Concerns

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BMW has initiated a recall of 79,670 vehicles across several models due to a potential flaw in the braking system, as per the documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall encompasses a range of BMW models including the 530i, 740i, 760i, i5, i7, X1, X5, X6, X7, and XM, in addition to the Rolls-Royce Spectre. The models most affected by the recall are the X1, with 14,679 vehicles; the X5, with 20,401 vehicles; and the X7, with 29,578 vehicles.

The issue identified involves the integrated brake system, which “may not function according to specifications.” This defect could lead to extended braking distances or the potential for loss of vehicle control, significantly increasing the risk of a crash. Despite this, BMW assures that mechanical braking and the emergency brake system remain unaffected. Should the integrated braking system fail, the emergency brake would automatically engage, and a warning light or message would alert the driver via the instrument cluster.

BMW has committed to replacing the integrated braking system free of charge for owners of the affected vehicles. Notification letters to owners are slated to be dispatched on April 5. In the interim, vehicle owners are encouraged to visit the NHTSA recalls website to determine if their vehicle is implicated in the recall.

This recall highlights the importance of automotive manufacturers maintaining stringent quality control measures and promptly addressing potential safety issues. Vehicle owners are advised to take recall notices seriously and to take the necessary steps to ensure their vehicles are safe and compliant with manufacturer specifications.

Is a Recalled Vehicle a Lemon?

A great number of the vehicles subject to the BMW recall are still under their original manufacturer’s warranty. Does this mean those cars are lemons? Typically, no. Lemon law provides a remedy for vehicles that have a problem that can’t be fixed even after numerous tries by the dealer. When a car qualifies as a lemon, the owner (or lessee) has the option to compel the dealer to buy back their car or provide a replacement vehicle and reimburse them for any costs they’ve incurred due to the defect.

In the case of a vehicle recall, the manufacturer is aware of the problem and has most likely already identified a fix. Once you bring your car to the dealership, they make the repair and return your vehicle to you, so you wouldn’t have a lemon or a lemon law claim. If for some reason the manufacturer does not have an effective remedy for the defect and can’t repair it satisfactorily, then you might have a lemon law claim. Contact a lemon law attorney if your recalled vehicle hasn’t been repaired after a repeated number of attempts or if you incurred costs due to the defect that haven’t been reimbursed.

Contact Nita Lemon Law for Help With Auto Defects in California

If you are experiencing problems with your vehicle, I would like the opportunity to evaluate your lemon law claim at no charge to you and discuss your legal options. For a free, no-obligation consultation, please call me at 213-232-5055 in Los Angeles or toll-free statewide at 877-921-5256, submit a free case evaluation on my website at www.nitalemonlaw.com, or email me directly at nick@nitalemonlaw.com. No matter which way you reach out, I will personally evaluate your case and promptly respond to your inquiries. I look forward to hearing from you.

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