Written by Jonny Williamson
The British company, owned by BMW, has recalled 36 Rolls-Royce Ghost sedans, sold during 2009-2011, and 74 Rolls-Royce Phantom sedans, during 2003-2009, with a combined value of $100 million.
The Federal Government’s Product Safety Australia has issued a statement regarding Ghost sedans that:
“If the turbo cooling pump cracks, the pump electrics may smoulder, possibly causing an engine compartment fire or a vehicle fire.”
Phantom sedans are being recalled because of a different concern:
“Due to the possibility of oil entering the brake booster, there may be a reduction in power braking assistance and an increased chance of an accident occurring.”
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In a letter to affected customers, Rolls-Royce has stated that there have been no reported incidents:
“Mechanical braking is still available to slow and stop the vehicle...Furthermore, as this issue relates to older vehicles with a high mileage; we believe it is highly unlikely that Rolls-Royce customers will be affected.”
The news of the recall comes on the same week that Rolls-Royce is celebrating securing a lucrative five-year contract with the US Army worth nearly $600 million. The company’s aircraft engine division will supply 268 engines for the US Army’s V-22 Osprey aircraft, starting with 70 in the first year worth $151 million.
The AE 1107C engine has been selected as it allows the V-22 to take off and land like a helicopter, coupled with the engines ability to rotate forwards allowing the craft to fly like a regular airplane. More efficient than a helicopter, the V-22 can fly faster, carry more people and has a greater flight range capacity.
The luxury car manufacturer is planning to repair all of the cars recalled at no cost to the customers.