German luxury auto and motorcycle manufacturer BMW on Tuesday launched a global recall of 122 000 motorcycles owing to front brake problems.
BMW issues global bike recall
R-Series boxer-twins and K1200GT motorcycles, manufactured between August 2006 and May 2009, are to be recalled over A brake fluid leak issue.
A BMW spokesman told AFP the company had uncovered a risk of leaks in the braking systems of its K 1200 GT motorcycles and other models built on the same base.
The recall concerns motorcycles built between August 2006 and May 2009, some of which have already been checked, the spokesman told AFP.
"Over time, it emerged that even corrected braking systems did not resolve the problem 100 percent," he said.
Vibration generated by the motorcycle's operation were found to cause leaks that affected the front brake, the company said, while rear brakes continued to function normally.
BMW has not heard of accidents linked to the problem but "would gladly have foregone having to make another recall," the spokesman said.
The group is the leading manufacturer of luxury cars in the world and also sold 87 306 of its upmarket motorcycles last year.
South Africa only has 3 170 bikes effected, which dealer's will be equipped to repair by Monday. BMW's contact centre will start contacting customers on Thursday with regards to the recall.