Not your usual problems for a $275,000 car.
Bentley is well-known for its master skills of creating posh vehicles like the Bentayga, and designing unique features like a bespoke fishing set or a picnic. But apparently the company is not good enough at… mounting the seats of the SUV to the floor.
Production of the vehicle at the British brand’s Crew factory started a year ago and first deliveries were fact in March this year. Now, Bentley has announced a recall for certain 2017 model year examples sold in the United States, because “during the assembly process, the affected vehicles may not have had the seat mechanism and instrument panel joints properly tightened.” If that happens, the bolts can loosen, “increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) explains Bentley will notify owners of affected vehicles later this month. Shortly after, dealers will inspect and tighten the seat mechanism and instrument panel joints, as necessary, free of charge.
Affected are cars manufactured between March 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016.
Bentayga’s seats feature heating, ventilating, and massaging functions. There’s also a premium audio system with 20 speakers, and – as we found out during our test drive of the car – the luxury SUV is so quiet when cruising that even an iPhone speaker could make the interior sound like a concert hall.
The latest addition to the model’s range is a diesel version, which is powered by an Audi SQ7-sourced 4.0-liter V8 TDI engine with 429 horsepower (320 kilowatts) and 664 pound-feet (900 Newton-meters) of torque. You might be tempted to say this is not the best powerplant for such an opulent machine, but the diesel burner is capable of reaching 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 4.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of 168 mph (270 kph).
Source: Bentley via NHTSA
2017 Bentley Bentayga Diesel
Bentley Motors, Inc. (Bentley) is recalling certain model year 2017 Bentayga vehicles manufactured March 1, 2016, to September 30, 2016. During the assembly process, the affected vehicles may not have had the seat mechanism and instrument panel joints properly tightened.
If the seat mechanism and instrument panel joints were not tightened, they can loosen, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Bentley will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the seat mechanism and instrument panel joints, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2016. Owners may contact Bentley customer service at 1-800-777-6923. Bentley's number for this recall is RE16/32.
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.