BMW Recalls 198,000 Cars in the US to Fix Brakes

German car maker BMW said Friday it will recall 198,000 cars in the US because of potential problems with the brakes while press reports put the total number of vehicles recalled across the world at 345,000.

Some of the V8 and V12-powered BMW 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars models produced between July 2001 and November 2009 could be recalled, the company said in a statement.

In the UK, 10,522 BMWs and 905 Rolls-Royce cars are affected by the recall.

Leaks could develop in the power braking system, leading to a reduction in power braking assistance, the company said.

"Mechanical braking is still available to slow and stop the vehicle. There have been no reported accidents or injuries," it said.

"We are writing to all the owners involved asking them to arrange a service appointment," a BMW spokesman told Sky News.

In mid-May, BMW recalled 122,000 motorcycles around the world because of potential problems with the brakes.