In an odd case of “I didn’t know it did that,” Bentley is recalling 596 2007 to 2009 Arnage R, Arnage T, Arnage RL, Brooklands and Azure vehicles in the U.S. due to a faulty hood ornament. How can a faulty hood ornament cause a recall?
In case you did not know; in the event of an accident, the hood ornament on Bentley’s are designed to retract, preventing damage and injury.
According the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the ornament may not work as designed in the event of an accident or collision involving a pedestrian.
The NHTSA said, "There is a potential for the 'B' hood ornament's retracting mechanism to become corroded. This may lead to the 'B' hood ornament not retracting as intended when a vehicle is involved in a crash. If the hood ornament does not retract, it could increase the risk of injury to a pedestrian in the event of a crash between the vehicle and the pedestrian."
So far there have no injuries or incidents reported to Bentley Motors, as the defect was discovered during routine maintenance.
The recall is expected to begin September 27, 2010. Owners may contact Bentley at (617) 488-8500begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (617) 488-8500end_of_the_skype_highlighting and have the retractable “B” mechanism replaced.