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BMW Recalls 38,700 Minis And 56,000 SUV X5 Models Worldwide, Says Defects Caused No Injuries Or Accidents

Jul 30, 2002 | AP German luxury automaker BMW said Tuesday it was recalling 56,000 X5 sport-utility vehicles and 38,700 Minis worldwide to fix transmission and brake problems it said had yet to cause any accidents or injuries.

The Munich-based company said the Mini, which went into production last year, has a problem with a cable connecting the gearshift to the gearbox, which could result in the car getting stuck in one gear.

The X5 has a problem with the brake pedal shaft which could result in a sudden loosening of the pedal and loss of brake power at low speeds or while parking, said company spokesman Joachim Herr.

BMW said no injuries or accidents have resulted from either defect, both of which were discovered during internal quality reviews. All owners are to be notified and the repairs made free of charge.

To fix the problems, a fastener clip needs to be attached on the Mini, and a pin needs to be inserted with the X5, Herr said. The Minis were made between May 2001 and May 2002, and the affected X5s were made between Aug. 1999 and Feb. 2001.

The Mini recall would cost 3.9 million euros (dlrs 3.9 million) and the X5 recall would cost 2.4 million euros (dlrs 2.4 million), the company said.

The Mini is produced in Oxford, England, while the X5 is made at Spartanburg, South Carolina, in the United States.

BMW's last recall was in May, when it recalled 8,000 7-series sedans due to a throttle defect.

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