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BMW recalls cars due to brake fears

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Nearly 26,000 BMW models and around 1,200 Rolls-Royce vehicles have been recalled in the UK due to a braking problem, the German auto manufacturer has announced.

The UK announcement, which is part of a global 340,000-vehicle recall, includes BMW 5, 6 and 7 Series cars powered by V8 and V12 engines from the 2002-2010 model years and some Rolls-Royce Phantom cars from the 2003-2010 model years.

The company said it found leaks in the power braking system, which could lead to vacuum loss and a reduction in assistance, although mechanical braking is still available to control the vehicle.

It has urged drivers who have experienced reduced power braking assistance to make a service appointment immediately.

A spokesman for BMW said: "We are writing to all the owners involved asking them to arrange a service appointment.

"There have not been any accidents or injuries."

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