Lamborghini Gallardo, Murcielago, And Bentley Continental Carbon-Ceramic Brakes Recalled


Lamborghini Murcielago LP640

Lamborghini Murcielago LP640

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It's hard to picture an exotic car at the DMV, or being sent back to the dealer for a recall. Those things just seem too mundane.

That's exactly what's happening though: About 1,136 Bentley and Lamborghini models are being recalled due to problems with their carbon-ceramic brakes.

The recall affects 2007 through 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo Coupes and Spyders, 2006 through 2010 Murcielago Coupes and Roadsters, and 2007 through 2011 Bentley Continental GT, GTC, and Flying Spur models. It only applies to cars equipped with carbon-ceramic brakes.

That includes, 263 Gallardos, 404 Murcielagos, and 469 Continentals, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In all three cases, stainless-steel securing screws that hold the brake rotors in place can fail after exposure to salty conditions, according to the NHTSA's recall notices.

Dealers will replace the screws free of charge. Lamborghini and Bentley are expected to begin contacting owners over the next couple of weeks.

For further information, call the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 (reference recall campaign number 13V471000 for the Gallardo, 13V470000 for the Murcielago, and 13V484000 for the Continental). You can also call Lamborghini at 1-866-681-6276 and Bentley at 1-800-777-6923.

Lamborghini recalled the Gallardo last year to fix leaking power steering hoses, and recalled the Avenatdor LP 700-4--the Murcielago's successor--due to problems with its headlights.

Bentley recalled 596 cars in 2010 after complaints that its signature "Flying B" hood ornament was stabbing pedestrians.

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