Add this to the list of reasons BMW should really just stop making pseudo-SUV/Crossover vehicles altogether. The Bavarian automaker has issued a recall for all 2009 X5 and X6 vehicles to correct a brake defect that could compromise the vehicles’ ability to stop.
The notice that was filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that “The rear brake discs may not have been manufactured according to specifications. As a result, a reduction in braking performance at the affected rear wheel could occur. In an extreme case, the affected rear brake disc could break, resulting in a loss of braking at that wheel increasing stopping distances, and the risk of a crash.” Well done.
While BMW has not yet notified owners individually, as they are sure to do soon, BMW dealers will inspect the recalled vehicles to see whether they have brake discs that do not meet specifications, and if necessary, replace them free of charge. It may be in your best interest, if you own such a hot mess, to be proactive and contact BMW at (800) 831-1117 and make your own repair arrangements.