Ferrari Recalls 1,200+ 458 Italias

Finally, a recall the middle class doesn’t have to worry about. Ferrari has recalled 1,248 Ferrari 458 Italias after fires destroyed five existing models. The BBC has more:

…a Ferrari spokesman said the company had investigated the five reported incidents of spontaneous fires in the 458, and traced the problem to materials in the wheel arch lining and heat shield.

According to Ferrari, the glue securing the wheel arch lining and heat shield can melt and deform when under high operating temperatures. When this comes into contact with the exhaust, “the glue can smoke and the wheel arch liner can ignite.”

Ferrari has notified all 458 owners informing them of the fix – which takes around half a day – and involves securing the wheel arch liner with bolts and screws instead of glue. All future 458 Italias will be built in this way.

Ferrari unveiled the 560-hp, $230,000 458 Italia about one year ago. It is recalling all the models it has sold, and replacing the ones that caught fire for free. According to the Daily Mail:

The new Ferrari suffered an unusually high number of supercar fires, with four coming a cropper in the space of ten days last month. There were reported incidents in California, Paris, Switzerland, China and one other unnamed location.

In July a customised 458 which featured a £65,000 Dolce and Gabbana interior was wrecked in a warehouse blaze at Heathrow Airport after being flown in from Saudi Arabia.

The Daily Mail also has some interesting pictures of burned-up 458s.

I wonder if this is making Toyota feel a little bit better.

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