Supercar makers tend to get away with things pretty lightly when it comes to recalls – anyone spending big bucks on a Ferrari for example would like to think they’re buying pure perfection. Sadly for the iconic Italian auto brand, a full eight different Ferrari models are being recalled for urgent fixes to potentially dangerous Takata Corp air bags.
Interestingly however, it’s not the same projectile-metal-shard risk that’s so far affected tens of millions of slightly less luxurious cars on the global basis. Instead, Ferrari has confirmed that the air bags may have been fitted at the wrong angle.
Documents published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal that Ferrari discovered the fault while testing the steering column of a 458 Italia. Should the air bag be deployed at any time at an incorrect angle, it may have the potential to injury the car’s passengers, reported Ferrari.
A total of 814 vehicles in the United States are to be recalled for the air bag fix with values ranging from $200k to $1.4 million.
“The issue is a possible production defect in a component inside the air bags,” wrote Krista Florin on behalf of Ferrari.
“Ferrari has immediately issued a recall for those cars to have the air bags in question replaced with conforming devices.”
Unlike the defective Takata air bag recall that has so far been blamed for at least seven deaths and dozens of serious injuries, Ferrari’s air bag fault has not been linked with any accident or incidents to date. Ferrari also confirmed that a temporary suspension has been imposed on car sales in the US, in order to ensure that all affected vehicles are repaired before being sld.
The recall, which goes live as of July 30, covers the LaFerrari, the F12 Berlinetta, the FF, the California T, the 458 Speciale A, the 458 Speciale, the 458 Spider and the 458 Italia.