Ferrari recalling eight new models to fix driver-side air bags

Ferrari 458 Speciale is among the models recalled by supercar maker Ferrari SpA to fix driver-side air bags. Source: FERRARI
Ferrari 458 Speciale is among the models recalled by supercar maker Ferrari SpA to fix driver-side air bags. Source: FERRARI

WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) - Luxury supercar maker Ferrari SpA is recalling eight new models costing from US$200,000 (S$273,340) to more than US$1.4 million (S$1.9 million) to fix driver-side air bags supplied by Takata Corp. that were installed at an improper angle.  

The air bags were discovered when Ferrari was doing tests on a 458 Italia’s steering column, according to documents posted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website Friday.

The air bag deployed in a rotated orientation, Ferrari said, which could cause injury.  The Italian manufacturer, owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, found that the leather skin covering the air-bag module had been improperly glued and the air-bag cushions had been installed at the wrong angle.

The recall covers 814 vehicles made from December to April this year.  The defect isn’t the same as in the Takata air bags that have exploded and sent shrapnel toward drivers and passengers.

That recall affects more than 34 million inflators worldwide and has been linked to at least seven fatalities.  No fatalities or injuries were reported in the documents Ferrari filed with the U.S. regulator. As required by law, Ferrari will replace the driver-side air bags free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin July 30.  The recall covers the 458 Italia, the 458 Spider, the 458 Speciale, the 458 Speciale A, the California T, the FF, the F12 Berlinetta and the LaFerrari. All the affected cars were manufactured between Dec 19, 2014, and April 29, 2015.  Suggested list prices range from US$202,000 for the California T to US$1.42 million for the LeFerrari, according to Car and Driver website.