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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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275not599 24 September 2010

Re: Bentley to recall 1436 cars

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

jelly7961 23 September 2010

Re: Bentley to recall 1436 cars

Dan McNeil v2 wrote:
Gizza job.

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!

38carssofar 23 September 2010

Re: Bentley to recall 1436 cars

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 .....