Ferrari announces recall due to improperly installed side airbags

Article by Andrew Christian, on July 21, 2015

A recall has been issued for 814 Ferrari vehicles to repair side airbags that were installed at the wrong angle. The recall, which begins on July 30, covers eight different models built from December 19, 2014, to April 29, 2015. These vehicles cost anywhere from $200,000 to more than $1.4 million.

From the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we learned that Ferrari discovered the defects while it was conducting tests on the steering column of a 458 Italia. The Italian automaker found out this airbag deployed in a rotated orientation and this may lead to injury.

The leather skin that covered the airbag module had been incorrectly glued and the air-bag cushions had been put in at the wrong angle. Japanese supplier Takata Corp. built these airbags but they don’t have the same issues as those airbags that are currently involved in a massive recall across many brands.

Those airbags have been linked to at least 8 deaths. These have exploded and occupants have been hit by shrapnel. That recall covers over 34 million inflators around the world.

Ferrari’s recall listed no injuries or fatalities. Owners of these cars can get the driver-side air bags fixed at no extra cost. The affected models are the following: the 458 Italia, the 458 Spider, the 458 Speciale, the 458 Speciale A, the California T, the FF, the F12 Berlinetta and the LaFerrari.

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