Recall Alert: 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia

2010 Ferrari 458 Italia
Ferrari North America is recalling 303 of its 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia vehicles over inadequate heat shield protection, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Under certain conditions, the heat created by the engine can cause possible deformations of the rear right and left wheel wells. When this happens the wells themselves can deform close enough to the exhaust system to cause the bonding adhesives to ignite, resulting in a vehicle fire or crash.

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified this month. Ferrari dealerships will remove the existing heat shields and bounding adhesives and install new protective heat shields free of charge. Owners can contact Ferrari at 201-816-2600 or NHTSA's hot line at 888-327-4236.

Ferrari says that it received information regarding a possible fire on one of its 458 Italias in August. The automotive community has known about the Ferrari fires for some time, via Jalopnik’s coverage, but that’s not to say that each reported incident there is related to this recall.

By Colin Bird | September 3, 2010 | Comments (7)

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Anonymous Coward

I think Ferrari prefers the term "thermal event" rather than "ignite," "fire" or "crash."

Holy, wow, if I spent that much $ on a car I would at the LEAST expect it to not catch on fire, of all things. At least it doesn't sound like a lot of people won't be affected since most people can't afford a Ferrari in the first place.

Troy S.

When was the last time Ferrarri had a recall?

Chili

Oh great, there goes my weekend.

Dammit! The Lamborghini's getting waxed, guess I'll have to take the Lotus.

2010 Ferrari 458 Italia market sale is not in large no. Therefore this recall does not effect much to the people.

Ferraris are great cars... as long as you don't want to drive them or anything. But in todays world of the road, you want to look agressive. This thing is the definition of blindspots.

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