Ferraris are mostly known for one thing: going fast. Perhaps they should be better known for their brakes, then. Anyone—in any car, almost—can go fast; it’s stopping that matters. Now, Ferrari has a big stopping problem, with 19 of its models dating all the way back to 2005 reportedly at risk for potential brake failure, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Remember the Ferrari 430? How about the 612 Scaglietti? We hardly do, but they’re the oldest vehicles implicated in Ferrari’s recall, dating back to 2005. Here’s a full list of cars under the recall:
According to the NHTSA filing, the issue relates to the brake fluid reservoir cap which “may not vent properly, creating a vacuum inside the brake fluid reservoir, and resulting in a brake fluid leak that may lead to a partial or total loss of brake function.”
You may be thinking: Ferrari probably doesn’t make a ton of cars, how bad could a recall be? Well, according to the NHTSA recall report, a whopping 23,555 Ferraris are implicated and will need to be serviced, which is nearly, well, all of them. Considering the average price of a Ferrari is at least a couple hundred thousand dollars, some quick math proves billions of dollars worth of Ferraris are potentially defective.
The repair is fairly straightforward. Ferrari will replace the brake fluid reservoir cap and update the software in the affected vehicles to provide for a different warning message if the vehicle should lose sufficient brake fluid. In the meantime, if your Ferrari flashes a “low Brake Fluid” warning, NHTSA directs you to pull off of the road as soon as it is safe to do so and have the car immediately towed to a Ferrari service center. Owners should receive messaging from Ferrari with instructions for proactive repairs before September 24, 2022.
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