• Sep 20, 2010
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One of the brutal truths of the mechanical world is that rust fears no machine. Even the priciest of metal is susceptible to the ill effects of iron-oxide, and it looks like Bentley has found that out firsthand. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has just issued a recall for Arnage, Azure and Brooklands models manufactured between 2007 and 2009. The problem? The retractable 'Flying B' on the hood may corrode to the point that it doesn't retract in the event of a crash. NHTSA says that this could be dangerous for pedestrians for obvious reasons.

Still, if you have to go, it could be worse than getting kabobbed on a Bentley, right?

A total of 596 units are affected by the recall (the retractable Flying B is an optional accessory) and Bentley says that it will replace the faulty mechanism free of charge. The work is set to commence on or around September 27, and owners can call Bentley directly for more information. Hit the jump for a look at the press release.



[Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      this news certainly stains their brand name.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL.. that's pretty sad. Luxury car makers are cutting costs too, or what?
      Martin Enzenhoefer
      • 11 Months Ago
      Current Bentley models, such as the Continental GTC, can be refined by a hood ornament of Arden now. Look on http://www.geniales-tuning.de/flying-fliegt-jetzt-auch-deutschland.html Great Idea!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Has there ever been a car that wasn't recalled in the US?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe a Toyota...


        Kidding
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I will replace mine with a dagger.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm more amazed that a car has a retracting emblem in the first place.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Rolls Royce has a retracting hood ornament as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The retracting hood ornament is to meet federal safety regulations and also to keep us poor slobs from drooling over them....wait! This should be Bentley's spin: "The unwashed masses continue to drool upon one's optional(!) mascot may cause corrosion and/failure for said mascot to properly descend into the safe confines of the beautifully, handcrafted grille."

      This news is hysterical! Ha ha ha! Bwaaaa ha ha ha! Bentley! Ha Ha Ha!

      (laughter and sarcasm masks a great sadness in my heart for I may never own a Bentley...I am bitter...very bitter!)
      • 4 Years Ago
      In the event of a crash? is the excuse for the recall?? lol I think a hood ornament will be the last thing on your mind when getting run over by this tank lol...Whats next? they going to recall cars all together for the eminent danger to all pedestrians?
        • 4 Years Ago
        true, but i was referring to getting hit by this tank ornament or not; you are a goner....
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you are a pedestrian and ever get hit by one of these because the driver was distracted while spreading grey poupon, this retractable hood ornament could be the difference between some bruises and a broken bone or having your abdomen ripped open and seeing your intestines strewn around the street.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey NHTSA !!! Leave Bentley alone. You still have to shut down toyota!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can imagine those 596 owners being pissed off at paying who knows how much on a rusting emblem...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Knowitall, with a name such as yours I just have to point out that stainless steel for example is iron based... there, now you're really a knowitall....
        • 4 Years Ago
        What are you talking about - they probably all just bought new ones.

        "What? My what is rusting? Oh just buy a new one and give that old rust-bucket a kick to the curb!"

        Okay maybe not - but as long as it's recalled and they will probably be handled in fine style, I'm sure they won't be tooo irked.

        Most of them probably sit in the back seat anyways.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I doubt it is the emblem itself that is rusting- more likely the associated linkage required to make it retract. I doubt even more that the average Bentley owner cares about what a fixed flying B does to a pedestrian.
        Oh, and metals pricey enough not to contain Iron, are not susceptible to iron-oxide formation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @elpepe- you do know that stainless steel is not all created alike. Much of what is sold as stainless will in fact rust eventually. And yes, I knew stainless is a ferrous alloy, by definition. I'm not sure what that has to do with my statement that metals not containing Iron, will not form iron oxide on their surface.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ugh... another visit to the dealer. I've already got a busy schedule.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My heart goes out to you poor Bentley owners.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you need a ride in my $2000 Nissan, let me know
      • 4 Years Ago
      Really NHTSA? Why is it that the government is intimately concerned about stupid crap like this? The nanny state of over-regulated BS lives!
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