WASHINGTON — BMW is recalling 560 of its 2009 John Cooper Works and John Cooper Works Clubman vehicles equipped with 16-inch-diameter front brake discs because under "conditions of intense brake usage, braking performance would be reduced."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its recalls summary pointed out that the affected vehicles have the 16-inch diameter, not 17-inch, front brake discs. "Depending on traffic and road conditions, as well as a driver's reactions, reduced brake performance could increase the risk of a crash," NHTSA said.

BMW, in other documentation, said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

Dealers will inspect the front brake discs and pads on the affected Mini vehicles and replace them, if necessary. The recall is expected to begin sometime this month. Owners can contact BMW/Mini at (866) 275-6464 or by e-mail.

What this means to you: If you own one of the affected vehicles, have it checked out ASAP at your dealer.

 

Make / Models : MINI / JCW & MINI / JCW CLUBMAN

Model/Build Years: 2009

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V507000

Component:
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC

Potential Number Of Units Affected : 560

Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING 560 MY 2009 JCW (JOHN COOPER WORKS) AND JCW CLUBMAN VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 16 INCH DIAMETER FRONT BRAKE DISCS RATHER THAN 17 INCH DISCS. UNDER CONDITIONS OF INTENSE BRAKE USAGE, BRAKING PERFORMANCE WOULD BE REDUCED.

Consequence:
DEPENDING ON TRAFFIC AND ROAD CONDITIONS, AS WELL AS A DRIVER’S REACTIONS, REDUCED BRAKE PERFORMANCE COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE FRONT BRAKE DISCS AND PADS AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THEM. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING OCTOBER 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW/MINI AT 1-866-275-6464 OR BY E-MAIL AT MINI.ASSISTANCE@ASKMINIUSA.COM..

Notes:
CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.