Bentley recall 1436 discontinued models over bonnet ornament fears

Bentley will recall 1436 of its vehicles globally after it was found the ‘flying B’ bonnet ornament on its cars may not retract properly in an accident.

The cars being recalled are the Brooklands, Azure and Arnage models built between October 2006 and when the models were discontinued in 2009.

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Bentley says that “water ingress into the internal mechanism” might prevent the winged statue from retracting in the event of an accident.

The company says they took the decision after a UK dealer spotted the problem. The company was also served with a recall notice by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the US’s road safety body.

The NHTSA said: “This could increase the risk of injury to a pedestrian in the event of a crash.”

Andrew Papworth

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23 September 2010

The NHTSA said: “This could increase the risk of injury to a pedestrian in the event of a crash

Understatement of the year !

23 September 2010

Beat you to it, Autocar...I posted the news this morning.

Gizza job.

23 September 2010

I wonder what courtesy cars people will get? I cant imagine there are 1436 spare Bentleys knocking around... will they get given a Golf? lol

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

23 September 2010

you may joke but my bosses Audi A8 conked out and they tried to put him in a skoda Fabia 1.2!!! He wasn't amused!

23 September 2010

If I was unfortunate enough to be mown down by one of the above-metioned Bentleys ( a Brooklands please ) I would treasure the imprint of a Flying B somewhere about my torso ... So much cooler than a tattoo .....


23 September 2010

[quote Dan McNeil v2]Gizza job.[/quote]

Yeah! Go on! Well done

A later poster has the same idea but I feel if I was a pedestrian and I was mown down by 2 and a half tons of steel, glass and leather the fact that the emblem was in or out, up or down would not make much difference I would have thought!

24 September 2010

No no no you've all got it wrong! It retracts so that it's less likely to be damaged or smeared with gore.

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