Ferrari recalls over 3,000 vehicles in the US as the trunk is the perfect place to get trapped

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 24, 2014

Ferrari is having some trouble with the 458 Italia and 458 Spider models, but don’t get alarmed, it is not something serious. The vehicle is completely safe and doesn’t have any engine problems like the Porsche 911 GT3, the problem is found in the trunk. As you may know already, the engine of the 458 sports cars is located behind the seats, while the trunk is found in the front.

According to U.S. safety regulations, the problem with the Italian sports car is that they don’t offer a handle that can open the trunk from the inside. Apparently, people could get trapped there… or at least some naughty children and they need to get out of there as quickly as they can.

Ferrari’s vehicles feature a dual latch system that prevents the hood from flying open if it wasn’t properly closed. If someone gets trapped there, the handle located the trunk only releases the first latch, enough to get some air but not enough to get the hell out of there.

According to regulations, if a person is trapped there he or she should be able to exit the trunk on their own. The recall doesn’t include the track-focused 458 Speciale and involves 3,082 458 sports cars.

If you don’t remember, the 458 Italia and Spider are powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.5-liter V8 engine that delivers 570 hp. As a result, the 458 Spider sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds, while top speed is in excess 200 mph or 320 km/h. The coupe needs 3.4 seconds to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill, while top speed exceeds 200 mph or 320 km/h. [source:]

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