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BMW in car recall over brake fault

BMW has become the latest automotive giant to launch a major recall after a problem emerged with the brakes on potentially 350,000 vehicles.

The German group yesterday revealed it had found a fault in the power braking system used in its BMW 5, 6 and 7 Series worldwide. The issue could also affect luxury Rolls-Royce cars made between July 2001 and November 2009. The company said the system could develop a leak, "potentially causing a vacuum loss and consequent reduction of power braking assistance". It affects 10,522 BMWs in the UK and 955 Rolls-Royces.

BMW initiated the recall, adding there had been no reported accidents or injuries as a result of the fault as mechanical braking would still slow and stop the vehicles. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said companies were focusing on transparency since Toyota was forced to recall 10 million vehicles.