Ferrari Latest Automaker To Recall Vehicles For Possible Airbag Defect



While 11 automakers have already recalled millions of vehicles equipped with potentially deadly Takata-produced airbags, a twelfth car manufacturer announced it would also recall thousands of cars with safety devices supplied by the Japanese auto parts maker, although for a different, but still dangerous, reason.

Italian sports car maker Ferrari confirmed on Monday that its recall of 2,600 vehicles worldwide was initiated because of a potential safety hazard in airbags supplied by Takata, AFP reports.

The affected high-end sports cars may be equipped with a driver-side airbag that was improperly assembled and could deploy in a rotated orientation, increasing the risk of injury, Ferrari said.

“The issue is a possible production defect in a component inside the airbags, which were fitted to around 2,600 cars,” a Ferrari spokesman told AFP.

According to a notice [PDF] from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 800 of the recalled vehicles are located in North America.

In all, the campaign covers model year 2015 Ferrari 458 Italia, 458 Spider, 458 Speciale, 458 Speciale A, California T, FF, F12 Berlinetta, and LaFerrari vehicles produced between December 2014 and April 2015. As a result of the issue, Ferrari has asked dealers to stop selling the affected models until repairs can be made.

Ferrari made it clear in its announcement Monday that the issue differed from problems found in millions of vehicles equipped with the shrapnel-shooting Takata-produced airbags that have been linked to eight deaths and hundreds of injuries.

“This issue is not related to the other recall made by other manufactures for Takata airbags,” the spokesman for the company tells AFP.

Ferrari recalls 2,600 cars globally over airbags risk [AFP]

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