Bentley Recalls Cars to Replace Hood Ornament

September 23, 2010 - 8:20 AM

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The hood ornament of a 2008 Bentley Azure. The luxury carmaker says its "Winged B" hood ornament could injure people in an accident because it might not properly retract. (AP File Photo/Jerry Lai)

Berlin (AP) - Luxury carmaker Bentley says it's recalling 820 cars worldwide over fears that its famous "Winged B" hood ornament could injure people in an accident because it might not properly retract.

Bentley Motors' European head office in Berlin said Thursday the recall affects 620 cars in the United States and Canada and 200 in Europe who added the raised hood ornament as an option on Arnage, Brooklands and Azure models made between October 2006 and March 2009.

The company says no injuries have been reported but a dealer noticed the spring mechanism under the ornament has a tendency to corrode and might not always function properly.

Bentley, owned by Volkswagen AG, will replace the mechanism free and says the work takes about an hour to complete.