Recalls are not uncommon in the automotive industry as problems always need to be rectified afterward. A case like the one that sports car maker Ferrari is currently dealing with is rare because that’s where you have to recall cars from 17 years old.
Ferraris are fast, stylish, and red, but over the past nearly two decades they also had another special feature: they have a potentially life-threatening brake failure. Because since 2005, the manufacturer from Maranello, Italy, has ordered back almost all vehicles delivered in the US.
Small problem, big effect
The problem is according to Ars Technica the cap of the brake fluid reservoir. This is designed so that it can relieve pressure if needed, but apparently, this design has a quirk. It can happen that this pressure relief does not work and instead forms a vacuum, which in turn can lead to a potentially fatal brake failure.
Specifically, about 23,000 vehicles have been affected, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has listed the following models (PDF) issued:
- 2005-2009 Ferrari 430
- 2019-2020 Ferrari 488 Pista
- 2010-2011 Ferrari 612
- 2005-2011 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
- 2018-2022 Ferrari 812
- 2009-2017 Ferrari California
- 2015-2017 Ferrari California T
- 2013-2017 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
- 2017 Ferrari F12 TDF
- 2016 Ferrari F60 America
- 2020-2022 Ferrari F8 Spider
- 2020-2022 Ferrari F8 Tributo
- 2012-2016 Ferrari FF
- 2017-2020 Ferrari GTC4Lusso
- 2018-2020 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T
- 2013-2015 Ferrari LaFerrari
- 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
- 2019-2022 Ferrari Portofino
- 2021-2022 Ferrari Roma
The good news: Ferrari estimates that only one percent of all recalled cars are actually affected. In addition, the repair is relatively quick and uncomplicated, as the cover in question can be replaced quite easily. It is not known if and when such a recall will also take place in Europe.
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