Known for its luxurious bespoke interiors, the Bentayga's $275,000 price tag seems to be worth every penny for some people. However, Bentley happens to have overlooked something very important while assembling the production model for its latest Bentayga SUV. As it turns out, the bolts on the posh vehicle’s seat mechanism and dashboard were not properly secured. (tsk, tsk)
We know for a fact that a loosely tightened screw could compromise the vehicle’s overall safety. Over time, the frequent vibrations could make it lose its alignment completely. This is not something you’d expect from an SUV that costs an arm and a leg. Among Bentley’s bespoke interior add-ons include a fishing set, a Breitling tourbillon clock and a Linley hamper set that you can stuff with an exclusive picnic menu from Gloucestershire England’s Daylesford organic farm.
Only this year, Bentley added a new engine range for its famous Bentayga model. The Bentayga diesel comes with 4.0 litre V8 turbo charged direct injection engine. It uses the same powerplant as that of Audi’s SQ7 SUV. Thus, allowing it to produce as much as 429 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Basically, the Bentayga diesel can go from zero to one hundred kilometres per hour in less than 5 seconds, with top speed reaching 168 miles per hour.
Bentley apparently discovered some inaccuracy during a routine system test concerning its torque levels. It’s not because someone came forward or complained that the seats have not been mounted in place. The Bentayga SUV’s luxurious seats are equipped with massage, ventilating and heat functions. Obviously, the loosely mounted seats have no place here. No number of expensive features could compensate for the damage or injuries it could’ve brought to the owner should an accident occur. Good thing, the British car company had addressed the issue immediately.
Bentley earlier announced a safety recall on some of its Bentayga 2017 year models (those sold particularly in the US). The affected vehicles are those that were assembled around March 1, 2016 until September 30, 2016. Bentley. The NHTSA said that the company will notify the owners within this month. After which, the dealers will check the seats and instrument panel and do whatever is needed to be done without extra charge.
It is said that there are 378 Bentayga SUVs in the US right now. Out of all these, about 88 vehicles are possibly affected with loose screws. On the brighter side, at least Bentley owners don’t have to wait for some spare parts to arrive to solve the problem. Bentley technicians only need to get their wrenches ready, tighten up the bolts and the task is already complete.