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Rolls-Royce announces one-car recall

Purveyor of luxury machines Rolls-Royce has announced a product recall – for just one car. The car in question is the Ghost, which is the cheapest the BMW-owned manufacturer makes.

The recall announced by Rolls-Royce relates to an airbag that failed to meet US safety requirements.

A letter issued by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said: “Rolls BMW of North America is recalling one model year 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost manufactured on January 23, 2014.

“The affected vehicle has thorax air bags fitted to both front seats that may fail to meet the side impact performance requirements for the front seat occupants.

“As such, this vehicle may fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 214, ‘Side Impact Protection’.”

Speaking to the Financial Times, a Rolls-Royce spokesperson said the problem stemmed from “incorrect labelling on one of the airbags”.

It will now “replace the driver-side and passenger-side thorax air bag modules, free of charge”, which seems fair given the £231,730 price tag before any extras.

The Rolls-Royce Ghost has a 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 petrol engine mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It can reach 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and has an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.

Although the Ghost in question left the factory in January 2014, it is yet to be delivered to the owner. Presumably it’s being carried over on a giant silk pillow by royal swans but we could be wrong.

Be sure to check out Rory’s poetry-based video review of the Ghost Series II.


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