An issue involving carbon-ceramic brakes has prompted Lamborghini and Bentley to recall certain models so equipped. The problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, revolves around the stainless steel screws that secure the brake rotors, which are prone to corrosion when exposed to salty conditions.

The recall affects 2007-2009 Lamborghini Gallardo coupes and Spyders, 2006-2010 Murcielago coupes and Roadsters and 2007-2011 Bentley Continental GTs, GTCs and Flying Spurs. All in all, some 1,136 vehicles are subject to the recall in the United States, including 263 Gallardos, 404 Murcielagos and 469 Continentals. The fix seems simple enough, with local Lamborghini and Bentley dealers replacing the problematic screws with new ones. The recall follows two notices recently issued for Audis as well. For further details, see the trio of recall notices below.
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RECALL Subject : Brake Rotor attaching Screws may fail
Report Receipt Date: SEP 30, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V471000
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 263
Manufacturer: Automobili Lamborghini America LLC

SUMMARY:
Automobili Lamborghini America LLC (Lamborghini) is recalling certain model year 2007 through 2009 Gallardo Coupes and Spyders fitted with carbon ceramic brake discs. The stainless steel screws that secure the brake rotors may fail after being exposed to salty conditions.

CONSEQUENCE:
Failure of the securing screws may result in a reduction of braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Lamborghini will notify owners, and dealers will replace the screws, free of charge. The safety recall is planned to begin by November 2013. Owners may contact Lamborghini at 1-866-681-6276. The manufacturer's numbers for this campaign are L71X-R.01.13 (model year 2007 and 2008 Gallardo Coupe and Spyder) and L71X-R.02.13 (model year 2009 Gallardo Coupe and Spyder).

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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RECALL Subject : Brake Rotor attaching Screws may fail
Report Receipt Date: SEP 30, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V470000
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 404
Manufacturer: Automobili Lamborghini America LLC

SUMMARY:
Automobili Lamborghini America LLC (Lamborghini) is recalling certain model year 2006 through 2010 Murcielago Coupes and Roadsters fitted with carbon ceramic brake discs. The stainless steel screws that secure the brake rotors may fail after being exposed to salty conditions.

CONSEQUENCE:
Failure of the securing screws may result in a reduction of braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Lamborghini will notify owners, and dealers will replace the screws, free of charge. The safety recall is planned to begin by November 2013. Owners may contact Lamborghini at 1-866-681-6276. The manufacturer's numbers for this campaign are L82X-R.01.13 (Model Year 2006 Murcielago Coupe and Roadster), and LB82X-R.02.13 for the MY2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Murcielago Coupe and Roadster.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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RECALL Subject : Brake Rotor attaching Screws may fail
Report Receipt Date: OCT 17, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V484000
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 469
Manufacturer: Bentley Motors, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Bentley Motors, Inc. (Bentley) is recalling certain model year 2007 through 2011 Continental GT, GTC, and Flying Spur vehicles, manufactured from July 2006 through June 2010 and equipped with carbon ceramic brake discs. In the affected vehicles, the stainless steel screws that secure the brake rotors may fail after being exposed to salty conditions.

CONSEQUENCE:
Failure of the securing screws may result in a reduction of braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Bentley will notify owners, and dealers will replace the screws, free of charge. The safety recall is planned to begin in early November 2013. Owners may contact Bentley at 1-800-777-6923. Bentley's number for this campaign is RE13/14.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Basil Exposition
      • 1 Year Ago
      Argh! What are the odds that my Gallardo AND my Flying Spur would be recalled at the SAME TIME? So frustrating. Guess I'll have to drive the Rolls to the office tomorrow.
      ccweems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Generally there are no high strength stainless steels. The common 304 and 316 grades are not nearly as strong as Grade 8 steel bolts are. If they want high strength and corrosion resistance try MIL T9047 titanium. Light, strong and corrosion resistant but expensive. Real expensive.
      Julio B
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish I had this problem...
      craig5540
      • 1 Year Ago
      Salty Conditions? Who drives there lamborghini when its snowing out! This recall is to get your Lambo into service and then you get the call, oh and by the way you need......
        jz78817
        • 1 Year Ago
        @craig5540
        "salt air" is a big problem on the coasts, especially in Florida and SF Bay area.
      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      Audi, now bentley and Lamborghini ?!?!? Well dam VW.....I guess this is what happens when you try to stretch your parts across the board......bad move
        Sparrow
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        So you propose creating an entirely different part, just because it is under a different logo? Tell me, when you were a kid selling lemonade or koolaid, did you make each cup full from scratch, or did you make a batch, then just pour a cup when it was ordered...?
      Willie
      • 1 Year Ago
      damn vw's always have something
        Sparrow
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Willie
        Don't you think Porsche and Audi would be included too if this was a VW group problem? Great assumption...
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      1982 Cavalier had a similar problem. The brakes were prone to corrosion due to salt and the pads then would retract. They would then overheat and wear out early, failing when you needed them. I considered this unacceptable even in a time when GM was making crap and the car only cost $14K. I guess if you buy a $100K-ish car with a braking system that is almost as expensive (at sticker price) as the entire 1982 Cavalier you can expect similar problems?
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 1 Year Ago
      Must be some high quality Chinese stainless.
      Turbo_S60
      • 1 Year Ago
      These rims a a 100% dead ringer for the ones on the 13-14 GT500 with Track pack
      jbserra
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too much winter driving in the Midwest?!?
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