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Urgent: BMW Announces a Recall/Service Campaign on BMW Models Equipped With V8 or V12 Engines- Stop Driving Immediately!

Vehicles produced between May 12, 2004th and July 6th 2004 are affected

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., July 14 -- Due to a temporary production fault at one of our suppliers, a limited number of BMW models with V8 or V12 engines may have received parts which may cause the vehicle to stop running without warning. Affected vehicles include 5, 6 and 7 Series cars as well as X5 SAVs equipped with V8 or V12 engines produced between May 12th and July 6th 2004. In the interest of the safety and security of our owners, we are calling all owners of affected vehicles and asking them to stop driving their vehicles immediately and offering alternate transportation.

The cause of the potential engine stalling is defective hardware in the engine control unit. Should a vehicle stall, the driver will lose power steering assistance and power braking assistance as well. The vehicle may still be steered and braked but it will require much more effort.

In the United States approximately 2,000 vehicles with the affected control units have been delivered to customers. Every owner with an affected vehicle will receive a phone call from BMW of North America Customer Relations with instructions.

Any BMW owner who suspects that they may have an affected vehicle should contact BMW of North America Customer Relations at (800) 831-1117.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand, the MINI brand, and the ROLLS-ROYCE brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, an industrial design firm in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all Z4 Roadster and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 340 BMW passenger car centers, 327 BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 148 BMW motorcycle retailers, 76 MINI passenger car dealers, and 25 ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North, Central and South America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.