Bentley recalls one (1) brand-new, $259,000 Flying Spur for potentially defective fuel tank

Bentley Flying Spur W12
Pictured: a Flying Spur W12. Bentley

Sometimes, recalls can affect thousands to millions of cars. Other times, they can affect just one car. This is one of those times.

Bentley is recalling one (1) 2020 Flying Spur W12 over a potentially faulty fuel tank, according to a recall document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The filing said the long-term durability of the tank “cannot be guaranteed.”

“During the production process at the fuel tank supplier, a welding process of the fuel tank may not have been performed according to specifications,” the document read. “If the plastic weld of the fuel tank fails, this may be perceived initially by an odor of fuel. Leaking fuel, in the presence of an ignition source, can lead to a vehicle fire.”

Thankfully, nothing of the sort happened before Bentley identified the problem and sought to remedy it. The automaker will replace the fuel tank for free.

“The isolated incident and car in question has not shown any signs of fuel leak,” a Bentley spokesperson told Bloomberg in a statement. “The customer has been contacted as per NHTSA regulations.” 

It’s not clear where this particular Flying Spur W12 is located.

The Bentley Flying Spur W12 is a 12-cylinder sedan that produces a claimed 626 horsepower. Bloomberg prices the car at $US259,000 ($332,241).