Ferrari recall overview:
- Who: Ferrari has recalled nearly every car it has sold in the United States since 2005 due to a brake fluid problem.
- Why: Ferrari says the vehicles may be equipped with a faulty brake fluid reservoir cap.
- Where: The recall is nationwide in the United States.
Ferrari recalled nearly every car it has sold in the United States since 2005 due to a potentially dangerous brake fluid problem.
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration file a recall as of July 26, a total of 23,555 Ferrari models sold in the United States are equipped with a potentially faulty brake fluid reservoir cap that may not relieve pressure sufficiently.
This can create a vacuum in the reservoir, which can cause brake fluid to leak. If the brake fluid reservoir dries up, it can lead to total brake failure, according to the Ferrari recall.
“A total loss of brake fluid would cause the vehicle to lose braking power, which could result in injury or death to the vehicle’s occupants,” the recall notice says.
The company is not currently facing any legal action over the recall, but Top Class Actions is closely following the recalls as they sometimes end in lawsuits.
Ferrari recall says drivers should heed warnings
Drivers with affected vehicles may receive a warning, Ferrari recall says. When the amount of brake fluid in the brake fluid reservoir has decreased by approximately 50% from the maximum reservoir level, a warning light will illuminate on the vehicle’s dashboard.
On later models, a message will also appear on the vehicle’s dashboard that reads ‘Low brake fluid’. An acoustic buzzer sounds on certain models.
Ferrari suggests that if any of the recalled cars issues a low brake fluid warning, the driver should stop immediately and have their car towed to the dealer.
The company estimates that only 1% of the cars it recalls may have been affected.
The fix is a new brake fluid reservoir cap and a software update that provides a message in the gauge cluster alerting drivers if the brake fluid level gets dangerously low, according to the Ferrari recall.
The oldest affected cars are the 612 Scaglietti, which entered production in March 2004. The problem affects cars that were not built until July 22, 2022.
Ferrari plans to send notifications to owners and dealers on September 24.
In 2021 Ferrari announced a recall due to a brake problem affecting 9,985 of its vehicles. At the time, the luxury sports car manufacturer said the vehicles could lose the ability to brake due to possible brake fluid leakage, but the reason for the problem or the solution had not yet been found.
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