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Rolls Royce issues recall for problem that could result in a fire

February 25, 2013|By Ronald D. White
  • Attendees view two Phantom luxury automobiles, produced by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd., at the MGM Grand Detroit. Rolls-Royce is recalling some of the cars because of a problem that could increase the risk of a fire.
Attendees view two Phantom luxury automobiles, produced by Rolls-Royce… (Jeff Kowalsky / Bloomberg )

Even cars that are more expensive than your first condominium, like the Rolls-Royce Phantom, are hauled off the road for recalls. So don't feel so bad the next time your $25,000 car, truck or SUV has to be brought in for a fix.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced it is recalling 27 model-year 2013 Phantom vehicles manufactured from Nov. 2 through Jan. 18 this year because of a problem that could increase the risk of a fire.

The sticker price on a Phantom can run from $399,000 to more than $470,000. The cars can include such items as the $9,000 "personalized clock face" or the $4,950 "presentation key box in walnut burr."

The Phantom's fuel filler necks may be missing the anti-misfueling devices. That's the part that prevents misfueling and discharges static electricity.

Without the anti-misfueling device, there is an increased risk of fire from static electricity.

Rolls-Royce is presently contacting all affected owners. Dealers will inspect the gas tank and replace any affected fuel filler necks, free of charge.

The recall began in early February. Owners may contact Rolls-Royce at (877) 877-3735

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 (TTY 800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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