Ferrari has recalled all 1248 examples of the Ferrari 458 Italia supercar due to the recent bad publicity and reports of the car catching fire
Ferrari has recalled all 1248 examples of the Ferrari 458 Italia supercar due to the recent bad publicity and reports of the car catching fire. To date, five cars are thought to have caught fire because of the overheating adhesive; none of these are in the UK.
It is believed that when the car is driven hard in high ambient temperatures, the adhesive used in the wheelarch assembly can overheat and allow the heat shields to move around. In extreme cases, they touch the exhaust which is very hot and the adhesive can begin to smoke and even potentially catch fire. Ferrari's technicians have developed a solution that involves replacing the adhesive with mechanical fasteners to resolve the problem.
The Ferrari factory always stops production for August, so all cars produced from this month on (September 2010) will feature the modifications. All owners of the Ferrari 458 Italia will be contacted and the modification will be carried out free of charge.