Ferrari recalls 185 California T vehicles due to fuel leak risk

A Ferrari logo is seen on a Ferrari sports car outside the New York Stock Exchange on Oct 21, 2015.
A Ferrari logo is seen on a Ferrari sports car outside the New York Stock Exchange on Oct 21, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Ferrari North America Inc, a division of Ferrari NV, is recalling some 2016 California T vehicles due to the risk of a fuel leak in the engine compartment, according to a United States (US) Department of Transportation (Dot) notice on Friday.

The recall, which began on Dec 14, affects up to 185 vehicles manufactured between Sept 8 and Nov 11, 2015.

The higher risk of a leak, which increases the chances of fire, was the result of a manufacturing defect in a part provided by a supplier, according to a filing with the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, a division of the Dot.

The move comes after Ferrari, owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, recalled upwards of 800 cars in the United States to fix a problem with its Takata airbags over the summer.

Ferrari issued a stop sale notice to dealers of the 2016 model California T, which has a list price of just over US$167,000 (S$234, 531) according to The Car Guide, on Nov 23, filings show. Dealers will replace the line free of charge, the notice read.