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BMW Recalls 164,000 SUVs on Brake Issue

Jan 31, 2003 | AP BMW is recalling 164,000 X5 sport utility vehicles worldwide to fix a potential brake defect at a total cost of up to 5 million euros ($5.4 million), the company said Friday.

The German automaker said vibrations can loosen the brake hose out of 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, BMW spokesman Jochen Frey said.

No accidents have been linked to the problem, he said.

BMW sells about 40 percent of its X5s in the United States.

The vehicles in question were made between August 1999 and April 2002. Of those, 19,900 were sold in Germany, but BMW had no breakdown on other countries where the SUVs were sold.

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