BMW recalls 198,000 cars in US due to brake problems

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German luxury automaker BMW said Friday that brake problems had forced a recall of 198,000 of its BMW and Rolls-Royce brand cars in the United States and more could be involved in other countries.

"It's a global operation and other countries could eventually be concerned," a BMW spokesman told AFP, before adding that "350,000 vehicles might be recalled" in all.

In the United States, BMW "has recalled 198,000 vehicles" from its series 5, 6 and 7 models, along with autos made by its luxury British division Rolls-Royce.

The British television channel Sky News reported that BMW had recalled 26,000 BMW cars and 1,200 sold by Rolls-Royce in Britain.

The problem was "without danger" for occupants of the vehicles and concerned braking systems that could become "slightly more difficult to use" following an extended period of operation, the spokesman said.

Shares in BMW showed a loss of 1.36 percent to 50.74 euros to lead losers in midday trading on the Frankfurt stock exchange, while the DAX index of leading stocks was 0.71 percent higher overall.

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