Rolls Royce in North America has notified the NHTSA of a problem with the airbags on the Ghost, but it means the recall of just a single Ghost.
We’ve got rather used to recalls from car makers running in to the millions, but now we get a recall from Rolls Royce which is as far away from that as possible – doubtless the smallest recall ever – with just a single Rolls Royce Ghost affected.
It seems Rolls Royce (BMW North America) notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in October that they had identified a single car – manufactured in January 2014 – which has thorax airbags fitted to the front seats which may fail to meet safety requirements.
It seems the Ghost, despite being built almost two years ago, has not found its way to its owner (either it was a stock car and only just sold, or the buyer just hadn’t got round to taking delivery) and Rolls picked up the problem during the pre-delivery inspection.
Rolls Royce will fix the Ghost by replacing the thorax airbag modules, blaming the problem on incorrect labelling on the original airbag modules.
All of which seems a lot of costly faffing around, but regulations are regulations – even if it means jumping through legal hoops to fix a single car that hadn’t even reached its owner.