Software Malfunction Leads to Lamborghini Recall

Laguna Hills, CA – Oct. 17, 2019 – Earlier this month, Lamborghini announced the recall of certain 2017-19 Aventador S Coupè and Aventador S Roadster vehicles. The reason for the action involves the engine management software used for both vehicles, which, due to a defect, may cause the engine to stall while coasting toward a stop. 

While the recall involves a relatively small number of vehicles (approximately 441), it is nonetheless a vital one: According to the manufacturer, no warning is likely to precede the stall on the affected automobiles. Additionally, all of the vehicles included in the recall are expected to contain the defect, without exception. 

The Defect

As a result of the flaw, the engine might unexpectedly turn off under very specific conditions. The safety recall report issued by Lamborghini describes those conditions exactly: “The affected vehicles might, under certain driving conditions (accelerator pedal released in the idle approach to a stop) present an engine stall event without warning,” the document explained. “The engine can switch off approaching a stop at idle, increasing the risk of an accident.”

Lamborghini’s documents also note that the defect occurs because the engine management software “doesn’t assure the idle minimum revs in order to maintain the engine running.” The remedy for the defect will involve dealers installing new engine management software that can maintain the proper level of minimum revs while the vehicle is idle.

Timeline of Events

First knowledge of the defect came by way of field reports describing cases of alleged engine stalls involving the related vehicles, which reached Lamborghini sometime during May 2019. Following additional complaints received shortly thereafter, an investigation was launched.

“Results from the investigation revealed a risk of vehicle stalling,” stated the manufacturer’s chronology report. “On Sept. 25, 2019, the matter was presented at the Product Safety Committee, [at which point the] decision to conduct a safety recall was made.”

The specific vehicles containing the defect have been identified using vehicle identification numbers. They were all manufactured between December 2016 and June 2019.

The Solution

Owners of the vehicles included in the field action should be notified via mail by the end of 2019. They will be instructed to arrange an appointment with an authorized Lamborghini dealer to have the updated engine software – which is free of the defect that necessitated this recall – installed on their automobiles. 

Those with further questions can read Lamborghini’s “frequently asked questions” document for the recall or contact the manufacturer’s customer service line at (866) 681-6276. And for more information on other recent vehicle recalls, visit MotorSafety.org

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Lamborghini Recalls More Than 1,000 Gallardo Vehicles Due to Faulty Ignition Software

Laguna Hills, CA – December 10, 2018 – Automobili Lamborghini (Lamborghini) is recalling certain 2011-2014 Gallardo Coupe and Gallardo Spyder vehicles due to the potential that warnings may not be working properly after a faulty reflash procedure has failed. The potential number of units affected is 1,152.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Recall Safety Report, The Engine Control Unit (ECU) software may erase trouble codes after the ignition is turned off, not illuminating warning lamps and preventing drivers from being warned of safety system problems the next time that they are driving. If the warning lamps do not indicate a safety system failure such as an engine or fuel injection system malfunction, continuing to drive the vehicle with a faulty system and no warning can increase the risk of a crash or injury.

Timeline of Events

In late 2017, Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. received multiple field complaints stating that affected vehicles were failing to pass the smog test. This increase in field complaints (including cases where warning/error messages were spontaneously disappearing from fault memory) led to Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. launching an investigation in early 2018 to determine the alleged malfunction and its root cause. Results from the investigation revealed a faulty reflash procedure for this model (key off / key on cycle), with consequent risk of trouble codes not properly stored in the system memory after each key off. It was assumed based on this issue that relevant fault codes could also not be stored, and in November 2018 the matter was presented at the Product Safety Committee whereupon the decision to conduct a safety recall was made. Production for the involved model had already reached the end of its life cycle, therefore no production correction action was necessary.

The Solution

Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. will notify all owners of affected vehicles and will instruct them to arrange for an appointment with an authorized Lamborghini dealer. Dealers will reflash the engine software with appropriate procedure free of charge. The rightly reflashed engine software correctly stores errors detected by the system and renders the software suitable to pass the smog test. The recall is expected to begin December 14,2018. Owners may contact Lamborghini customer service at 1-866-681-6276. Lamborghini’s number for this recall is L61XR0118. Owners may also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 18V-833.

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Lamborghini recalls vehicles with defective engine components

 

Bologna, Italy – July 11, 2018 – Lamborghini has approximately 1,700 vehicles potentially equipped with defective engine software, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2012-2018 Lamborghini Aventador Coupes and Roadsters produced between March 22, 2011, and Oct. 14, 2017.

The Italian automaker suspects all of the vehicles referenced in the action contain the defective parts.

The Defect

Affected vehicles contain engines that may suddenly stall when running at fewer than 2,000 revolutions per minute. Unexpected engine shutoff may inhibit braking and steering functionality, ultimately increasing the likelihood of an accident. The defect therefore poses a serious risk to occupants. However, Lamborghini has yet to receive reports connecting the defect to any collisions or injuries.

Timeline of Events

Lamborghini received multiple field reports throughout the final months of 2017 that outlined instances of stalling. The sports car manufacturer launched an internal investigation in response and identified problematic engine software as the root cause of the issue. Apparently, the affected vehicles had been outfitted with engine management programs with incorrect fuel flow estimations, a flaw that results in unexpected stalling in low-RPM situations.

Members of the Lamborghini Product Safety Committee convened June 6, 2018, and decided to launch a voluntary safety recall campaign.

The Decision

The automaker intends to direct dealers to update the engine software in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. The company will notify dealers July 27, 2018, and reach out to owners via registered mail Aug. 31, 2018. Owners in need or assistance prior to the start of the recall campaign can speak with Lamborghini customer service personnel by calling (866) 681-6276. Callers should the internal recall reference code L73X-R.02.18. Owners can also connect with the NHTSA directly using its Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Lamborghini recalls vehicles with defective weight limit labels

Bologna, Italy – May 10, 2018 – Automobile Lamborghini has recalled almost a dozen vehicles potentially equipped with defective weight limit labels, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2017 Lamborghini Centenario coupes and roadsters produced between March 13, 2017, and Oct. 27, 2017. The Italian automaker suspects all of the vehicles referenced in the action contain the defective labels.
The Defect
Affected vehicles contain manufacturer certification labels that list incorrect weight limits. This defect violates Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 49, Part 567, which states that all models must come with labeling that displays accurate readings for gross vehicle weight rating and gross axle weight rating, according to the Government Publishing Office. In addition to violating FMVSS 49, Part 567, the defect poses a serious safety hazard to occupants, as the incorrect readings could lead owners to overload their vehicles and reduce maneuverability, increasing the likelihood of an an accident. However, Lamborghini has yet to receive reports connecting the defect to any collisions or injuries.
Timeline of Events
Lamborghini in April 2018 received a customer complaint referencing a 2017 Lamborghini Centenario that appeared to feature incorrect weight limit labels. While the report originated from outside of the U.S. market, the car maker determined that models with potentially incorrect manufacturer certification labels were sold in American dealerships. The Lamborghini Product Safety Committee reviewed the issue April 11, 2018, and determined that labels violated FMVSS 49, Part 567, necessitating a voluntary safety recall. Lamborghini notified dealers of the forthcoming action April 27, 2018.
The Solution
The automaker has directed dealerships in the U.S. to install corrected manufacturer certification labels in affected models free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. Lamborghini began sending out owner notifications via registered mail May 4, 2018, and will continue to reach out through June 4, 2018. Owners in need of further assistance can contact Lamborghini customer service personnel at (866) 681-6276. Callers should use the internal recall reference code L73XR0118. Of course, owners can connect directly with the NHTSA using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.
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