BMW is recalling more than 30,000 of its eight-cylinder X5 model SUVs to fix an oil leak that could affect their power-assisted braking.
The German automaker says the recall covers X5 SUVs in the U.S. from the 2007 through 2010 model years. The vehicles were made between Sept. 12, 2006, and March 18, 2010.
BMW says the brake vacuum pump on the affected SUVs might leak a small amount of lubricating oil into the hose and adds that the contamination could result in a loss of power-assist braking.
Such a loss could increase stopping distance and lead to a vehicle crash, BMW said.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake vacuum line with one that contains a check valve, free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin in February 2013. Owners may call BMW at (800) 525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
A certified, pre-owned 2010 BMX X5 can cost between $39,000 and $49,000, according to some BMW dealerships. Brand new, an X5 can cost more than $65,000.