Bentley owners pay a lot of money for their vehicles. It is safe to say that they expect the cars to work properly.
The luxury auto manufacturer is recalling certain Bentayga sport utility vehicles, it recently told federal regulators. Improperly installed second-row passenger seats are to blame, according to Bentley.
“The second-row seats may not be installed correctly aligned and locked on all seat rails,” the company said in a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “It is possible that if one of the seat rails is not correctly locked, it could move in the event of a crash, compromising occupant safety.”
The recall covers roughly 2,000 Bentayga SUVs, which were produced between July 2020 and February 2022. Those vehicles currently come with a starting price tag of roughly $160,000.
The company said it would notify the owners of recalled cars by May. It is asking owners to bring the cars to Bentley authorized retailers for inspection and repair.
Other Bentley Recalls
The recall comes as Bentley has enjoyed an upswing in demand around the world. 2020 was the company’s best sales year on the books, while other auto manufacturers saw their sales plummet amid the pandemic.
This is not the first time that Bentley has had to recall cars over serious safety defects that pose real hazards to everyone on the road.
Last year, for example, the company recalled some 6,000 Bentayga SUVs because of a fuel line problem that could cause the cars to catch fire. Back in 2016, the company recalled certain Bentayga vehicles because of loose joints in instrument panels and seats.
California Car Owners’ Rights
Whether you are driving a Bentley or a Ford Pinto, defects and malfunctions can put a real hitch in your giddy-up. They can also put your safety at risk.
Fortunately, car owners in California have some important rights and protections under the state’s lemon law, when it comes to malfunctioning and defective vehicles.
The lemon law generally requires carmakers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces manufacturers to buy back (or replace, in some circumstances) vehicles that they cannot or flat out refuse to fix. That includes compensating the owner for the purchase price, along with financing fees, rental car expenses and other costs.
There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that must be made before the buyback or replace requirement kicks in. An experienced California lemon law attorney can help you understand your rights and guide you through the process of taking action.
Talk with a San Diego Lemon Law Attorney
If you are stuck with a lemon or locked in a dispute with a car manufacturer over repairs, the San Diego lemon law attorneys at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help.
Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a San Diego lemon law attorney.