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    This is a warning to all owners of the Bentley Continental. The Bentley Continental features a “Soft Close” Power Latching Door System that engages the door just before it closes and uses powerful electric motors to pull the door shut and latch it automatically. This system does not appear to have a safety built into it to stop the power latching motor system from closing the door when a hand or finger is in the way. My wife’s Bentley crushed her thumb flatter than a pancake when the soft close power latching door system closed the door on it. To make matters worse, the door jammed and she was unable to open the door while her thumb was crushed in the door for several minutes. The pain was so unbearable that she eventually passed out. Luckily a man came to her rescue and opened the door. The man that opened the door stated that it took both his hands and all his strength to open the door. My wife was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and held for observation as she is 62 years old and her blood pressure was very high and she was in a state of shock not to mention the severe damage to her thumb. The doctors had to drill holes in her thumb to release the pressure and place a splint on it because it was shattered. My wife was in pain for many months after the accident, and her thumb is permanently deformed. However we feel lucky that she didn’t have a heart attack and die that day due to the extreme physical stress of the situation. Please be careful with your hands and fingers around the doors on the Bentley Continental when they shut, and be especially careful around small children so that they don’t get their hands crushed in the doors.

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    Thanks for the warning. I don't have a Bentley, but my BMW has the same soft close feature. I wish your wife a quick and complete recovery.
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    Damn.. I wonder if anybody with a Bentley can afford PI attorney? That first picture looks crazy, I’ve never seen a thumb that big?

    All kidding aside, I’m sorry to hear your wife was hurt. I hope it heal quickly (and I hope she doesn’t take it out on you).
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    Wow, so sorry, I accidentally slammed my thumb in the door of a hunting truck on our lease a couple of years ago and I thought I was going to have a heart attach trying to get it out. I could literally feel my heart beating through the end of my thumb all night for weeks. I was alone on the lease and went through hell, having to drill through my thumb nail with my hunting knife to ease the pressure. Not fun. Not sure if I would ever purchase an automobile with a slow close system. Could imagine this happening with a child which would be horrible. Hope your wife has a speedy recovery.
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    OMG what a terrible ordeal ! I hope she recovers soon
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    ^^^ What they all said!

    Can anyone 'splain to me the logic behind such a system? Like maybe Rube Goldberg heads the 'overkill gadgets' design dept at Bentley?
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    This does not sound like German engineering. Soft-close locks are common on minivans and SUV hatches. I need to find a pseudo-finger and stick it under my Touareg hatch.

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    On rear hatches and trunk lids...not on doors. Why doors? 'Would seem like that's just asking for trouble.
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    Another gadget which is a "solution" to a nonexistent problem. Hope she feels better. I smashed my ring finger with a 22 oz framing hammer 6 months ago and I am just now getting a fingernail which appears slightly human.

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    My MB S class has the same feature
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