In an unprecedented move, several automakers announced recalls for many of their vehicles in the past couple of days. Starting with Bentley, Audi, and Lamborghini, all owned by Volkswagen, as well as Nissan and BMW, the recalls covered a number of vehicles and issues worldwide.
Here's the list:
Bentley is recalling their Continental GT, GTC, and Flying Spur luxury vehicles for a brake issue. Approximately 469 vehicles from the 2007-2011 model years will be affected. The root cause for the recall stems from the rotor mounting screws in vehicles that are equipped with carbon ceramic brakes on the rear wheels, which might rust and ultimately fail. It has been determined that if eight out of the 10 screws were defective, then there could be a loss of braking at the rear wheel. This could lead to a slight increase in stopping distance from what the owner may be accustomed to experiencing. However, according to reports from Bentley, only three of the screws have failed thus far, and they also have not received any reports of any failures that occurred in the United States.
Presumably, since Lamborghini is issuing two recalls for the same defect, this particular part is being shared between the two companies (although Audi is in charge of the Italian automaker). The two Lamborghini recalls are for the 2007-2009 Gallardo (263 vehicles), as well as the 2006-2010 Murcielago (404 vehicles).
Speaking of Audi, they recently announced a recall from their 2013-2014 A8 and S8 flagship sedans, due to the risk of the sunroofs shattering if one of the doors were slammed shut, or if the vehicle were to experience a sudden jolt, such as hitting a large bump, curb, or pothole. No reports of accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the potential defect.
Nissan has announced a recall for their 2013 Titan trucks and Armada sport utility vehicles. Approximately 3,200 vehicles will be recalled due to an undisclosed issue with the brake master cylinder. Nissan is reporting that the defect could reduce the efficiency of the front brakes, which could lead to longer stopping distances, as well as an increased risk in being involved in an accident.
Lastly, BMW has announced a worldwide recall for several of their vehicles for a potential issue with their power brakes.
Here is the list of the 76,191 vehicles in the United States, all of which are equipped with the turbocharged four-cylinder engines:
2012-14 320i, 328i, 320i xDrive and 328i xDrive sedans
2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagon
2012 and 2013 528i and 528i xDrive sedans
2013-14 X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i vehicles
2012-14 X4 sDrive28i roadsters
Also, approximately 25,000 vehicles in China, 9,376 in Canada, 6,841 in Germany, 2,738 in Mexico, as well as several other countries are also affected. The issue is that it has been found that there could be insufficient lubrication going to the vacuum pump, which in turn could lose the power assistance necessary to bring the vehicle to a complete stop in a short distance. The result, like the other vehicles being recall, is increased braking distance and a risk of the vehicle being involved in an accident.
The latest Bentley, Audi, Lamborghini, Nissan, and BMW recalls will commence shortly, and it is expected that all of the automakers will notify their respective owners via mail. All of the inspections and repairs will be performed at no cost to their owners.