Ferrari Recalls 2017-19 Lusso and Lusso T Vehicles Due To Door Lock Issues

 

Laguna Hills, CA – March 25, 2019 – Ferrari North America is recalling certain 2017-2019 GTC4 Lusso and 2018-2019 GTC4 Lusso T vehicles. Drivers and passengers may not be able to open the vehicle door using the external handle, increasing the risk of injury. As many as 582 vehicles may be affected by this issue.

The Defect

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Report on this issue, tension on the door lock mechanism may result in the vehicle’s door being impossible to open using the external handle. This is due to the Bowden cable creating tension on the door lock mechanism, which may cause the cable retaining slot to break and prevent the door from being opened. In the event of an emergency, this failure may increase the chances of injury for the driver or passenger.

Timeline of Events

Ferrari’s first communication with NHTSA occurred Feb. 14, 2019, following reports of the issue from the Ferrari North America Authorized Dealer Network.

After a thorough investigation the automaker determined that the problem had been caused by the door lock’s Bowden cable. The defect was a result of the Bowden cable layout and insufficient length.

Ferrari North America subsequently announced that the recall will begin April 14, 2019.

The Solution

Ferrari will notify owners starting April 14. Authorized Ferrari Dealers will install new door locks including new Bowden cables with a different layout, free of charge, for all the affected vehicles.

Owners may contact Ferrari customer service at 1-201-816-2668. Ferrari’s number for this recall is 67. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 19V089000.

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Ferrari Recalls 2,150 Vehicles For Fuel Vapor Leak

 

Laguna Hills, CA – March 19, 2019 – Ferrari North America is recalling certain 2017 LaFerrari Aperta, 2018-2019 488 GTB, GTC4 Lusso T, GTC4 Lusso, 488 Spider, 812 Superfast and 2019 488 Pista vehicles because the fuel vapor separator may crack and leak, creating the possibility of a fire. As many as 2,150 vehicles may be affected by this flaw.

The Defect

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Safety Recall Report on this issue, the fuel vapor separator may crack and allow fuel to evaporate or leak, which could increase the risk of fire in the presence of an ignition source. The problem is due to a manufacturing fault caused by the supplier, in which a defective plastic weld in the fuel vapor separator is susceptible to cracking.

According to CNET, the good news is that the driver of an affected vehicle will get a warning beforehand. If a leak occurs, Ferrari notes that “the car’s check engine light will illuminate, and a message in the instrument cluster will tell the owner to take the car to a dealer.” The cars affected by this issue were manufactured as far back as October 2017, in the case of the LaFerrari Aperta, and as recently as October 2018 for other models.

While 2,150 vehicles doesn’t sound like a large number, compared to much bigger recalls for other automakers, CNET pointed out that Ferrari only made 9,251 vehicles in 2018 – so 2,150 represents a sizable percentage of its latest production run.

Timeline of Events

The Authorized Dealer Network reported the issue to Ferrari. After a thorough investigation, Ferrari determined that the leakage was caused by a fault in the manufacturing process of the component. Since then, the defect was corrected by the supplier and implemented on the assembly line. To address the issue in vehicles that have already been sold, Ferrari will begin notifying customers and dealers April 14, 2019.

The Solution

After owners of affected vehicles receive the appropriate notification, Ferrari dealers will replace the fuel vapor separator, free of charge.

Owners may contact Ferrari customer service at 1-201-816-2668. Ferrari’s number for this recall is 69. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 19V-090.

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Ferrari Adds More Than 11,000 Vehicles to the Takata Air Bags Recall List

 

Englewood Cliffs, N.J. – February 26, 2019 – Ferrari North America (Ferrari) is recalling certain Ferrari vehicles nationwide. This is part of the larger international Takata air bag recall, which affects a wide range of vehicles (models, makes, and years) across multiple manufacturers. The potential number of units affected is 11,176. Affected models include those from years 2014-2018:

• 2014-Ferrari California
• 2014-2015 Ferrari 458 Italia
• 2014-2016 Ferrari FF
• 2014-2017 Ferrari F12
• 2015-2018 Ferrari California T
• 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A
• 2016 Ferrari F60 America
• 2016-2017 Ferrari F12 tdf
• 2016-2018 Ferrari 488 GTB
• 2017-2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso
• 458 Spider and 488 Spider

The Defect

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report filed Jan. 9, 2019, the specified vehicles were equipped with a certain Takata air bag inflator as part of the fully assembled passenger frontal air bag module. These models were used both in originally equipped vehicles and as replacements in later years.

Vehicles with these inflators that are involved in a crash in which the front passenger air bag deploys are at risk of the inflators exploding. Such an explosion can be prompted by propellant degradation that may occur after long-term exposure to temperature cycling and absolute humidity. Inflator explosion may result in shrapnel bursting from the air bag mount area. Fragments could hit the driver or passengers in the vehicle, and cause serious injury or even death.

Timeline of Events

Takata filed a Defect Information Report with the NHTSA Jan. 2, 2019. Ferrari subsequently filed its own DIR on this incident. As yet, Ferrari is not aware of any confirmed field incidents, warranty claims or consumer complaints about their vehicles that included any of the indicated Takata passenger air bags equipped with the non-desiccated ammonium nitrate inflators.

Ferrari chose to conduct a voluntary safety recall on all affected vehicles, and is prioritizing its recalls in accordance with the risk, as availability of replacement assemblies is limited and the age of the inflator is a factor in the risk.

This recall follows a previous recall which was issued in June 2018, and which listed the following models from the years 2009-2013.

• 2009-California
• 2010-California and 458 Italia
• 2011-California and 458 Italia
• 2012-458 Italia, 458 Spider, FF and California
• 2013-458 Italia, 458 Spider, FF, F12berlinetta and California

The Solution

Ferrari will notify owners, and dealers will replace the current front passenger airbag assembly which includes a PSPI-2 inflator, with an airbag assembly including a new non-ammonium nitrate inflator free of charge. Any customers who already incurred a cost associated with repair of this defect can send the original receipt and/or other adequate proof of payment to the company for reimbursement.

The recall is expected to begin March 9, 2019. Owners may contact Ferrari customer service at 1-866-551-2828. Ferrari’s number for this recall is 65. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 19V006000.

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Lotus Recalls 40 Evora Vehicles for Steering Column Problem

Laguna Hills, CA – November 28, 2018 – Lotus Cars Limited (Lotus) is recalling certain 2018 Lotus Evora vehicles due to a potential danger in case of a crash should the steering column not collapse correctly. Vehicles affected are 2018 model year Lotus Evora (all variants). The potential number of units affected is 40.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Recall Safety Report, during a vehicle crash event, the steering column is designed to partially collapse and help dissipate a portion of the crash energy. On some assemblies, the screw securing the steering column cartridge, which supports the column during the collapse process, has been found to be finger tight only.

If the screw is loose but remains engaged in the thread, there is expected to be no adverse effect on vehicle crash performance. However, if the screw disengages from the thread, in the event of a frontal collision, the steering column may not properly collapse to absorb some of the impact energy. If the steering column does not collapse as intended in a crash, it can increase the risk of injury to the driver and possibly any passengers.

Timeline of Events

Lotus has been notified that a small number of Evora steering columns have been assembled incorrectly, which could compromise the performance of the part in a vehicle crash.

A mis-build issue of the steering column assembly fitted to the Evora model range has been identified in a small number of vehicles manufactured between 17/04/2018 to 02/10/2018. As a result, the steering column cartridge screw may not have been tightened to its specified torque of 5 Nm

The manufacturer of the steering column corrected the recall condition by re-setting the torque wrench used in the assembly process. Correctly assembled steering columns were introduced into vehicle production with effect from 10/10/2018.

The Solution

Lotus will notify owners, and dealers will correct the steering column assembly, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Lotus customer service at 1-800-245-6887. Lotus’ number for this recall is 2018/01R. 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-781.

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Daimler Recalls More Than 500 School Buses Due to Inadequate Emergency Egress

Laguna Hills, CA – October 17, 2018 – Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) is recalling certain 2016-2019 Thomas Built Buses Minotour school buses with 36″ or 39″ wide seats due emergency exit doors which do not meet requirements. The recall is expected to affect 525 vehicles which may be subject to the defect.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Recall Safety Report, the rear emergency exit door may not open wide enough to meet the unobstructed emergency egress area requirements do to interference from a specific seat configuration. If the emergency exit door does not open wide enough, it may limit the ability to exit the bus, increasing the risk of injury in the event of an emergency.

Timeline of Events

In June of 2018, while using a parallelepiped fixture to check the minimum opening for emergency egress during the production process, Thomas Built Buses identified a bus that did not meet unobstructed area requirements for emergency egress. During the check, a minor interference was identified at the upper hinged side of the door.

DTNA opened an investigation to determine the scope of the issue, and the bus was fully inspected to determine if the issue was related to manufacturing or design; however, the bus was determined to be properly manufactured. The next step was to evaluate all of the different seating configurations available on the Minotour to determine compliance with emergency egress requirements.

The issue was narrowed down to 36″ and 39″ wide seats from a specific manufacturer. DTNA discovered that the obstruction only occurs when the 36″ and 39″ seats from this manufacturer are installed within 10″ of the back wall. DTNA subsequently searched their full production records to identify buses with these seating configurations, and on October 5, 2018 DTNA chose to conduct a voluntary recall of certain Thomas Built Buses Minotour school buses that had the potential for noncompliance with emergency egress requirements.

The Solution

DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will modify the rear door slide system, increasing the angle that the door can open, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 3, 2018. Owners may contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712. DTNA’s number for this recall is FL-797.

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-698.

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Collins Recalls Nearly 3,000 School Buses for Insufficient Leg protection

Laguna Hills, CA – October 16, 2018 – Collins Bus Corporation (Collins) is recalling certain 2011-2018 Collins SL, SH, DH, DE, and TH school buses, built on Promaster chassis, equipped with CE White/HSM SB11-30″ series, standard, unbelted, school bus seats, or SB11-30″ series school bus seats with lap belts only, due to insufficient passenger leg protection.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Recall Safety Report, HSM Solution has determined that SB11-30″ and 26″ School bus seats not installed in the rear row of a school bus as manufactured by CE White/ HSM solutions may not comply with the impact requirements of CFR 49.571.222.

Specifically, the foam in the knee impact area of the lower seat back may be insufficient, and may not absorb enough impact in the event of a crash. If the seat foam does not absorb enough impact energy, it can increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Timeline of Events

On October 1, 2018 Collins was notified by Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company HSM (recall 18E056), about a potential safety issue in SB 11-30″ and SB11-26″ Series School bus seats. The seats not installed in the rear row of the school buses fail to conform to Federal Motor vehicle safety standard No. 571.222″ School Bus Passenger Seating and Crash Protection”, specifically the requirements for leg protection zones.

The affected population was determined to include a potential 2,667 vehicles with SB11-30″ seats manufactured by HSM Solutions/CE White Company which had been shipped between April 24, 2011 and July 17, 2018, or SB11-26″ seats manufactured by HSM Solution/CE white company, shipped between April 24, 2011 and September 7, 2018.  Collins issued a voluntary recall to add foam to the seats.

The Solution

Collins will notify owners, and dealers will install additional foam into the seat backs, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 31, 2018. Owners may contact Collins customer service 1-800-533-1850, extension 424. Collins’ number for this recall is 18e056.

HSM Solutions/CE White will facilitate the repairs via with the Collins dealers or customer. HSM will provide parts and a service repair procedures “SRP1801-0013 (for 30″Seat) and SRP1801-0014 (for 26″seat) which will provide instruction on how the repair must be conducted, to the servicing agent upon receipt of a completed HSM “Recall Parts Kit Order Card”. The expected out of service time necessary to affect repairs is 10 mins per seat.

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-696.

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EPA Has Cummins Recall 500,000 Consumer Trucks Over Emissions

 

U.S. – Aug. 29, 2018 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a massive voluntary recall of certain medium and large trucks and engines. According to The Daily Journal Online, roughly 500,000 models from 2010-2015 are part of this recall, though specific makes have not been made known yet. Cummins produces the engines inside of each of these vehicles.

The Defect

In certain medium to large trucks, the EPA has found a faulty emissions control system (NOx). This is a potentially dangerous emission, contributing to smog and fine particles in the air, that needs to be dispersed or controlled through special internal equipment.

Each truck in the recall has a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system, which controls the NOx system. The real issue is the SCR system itself, as it was found to be less durable than expected. So the emissions are not trackable in the long run and may be giving out faulty readings, saying the NOx is at an acceptable level.

For the repairs, the SCR system will be replaced so it reaches the acceptable level of the minimum full life of the truck. For instance, the medium-sized trucks are expected to last 185,000 miles, or 10 years with the replaced system. The heavy-duty trucks can be considered full-term at 435,000 or 10 years.

According to the EPA, emissions are regulated in all types of non-road and on-road vehicles. This included cars, trucks, trains, airplanes and construction equipment, to name a few. The vehicles and workable equipment need to have one of two types of gas to begin standardizing under the EPA rules – low sulfur gasoline or ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel.

Timeline of Events

On July 31, the official announcement was made for the voluntary recall. Bill Wehrum, EPA Office of Air and Radiation Assistant Administrator, said the recall was a good step in the right direction in how government and industry can work together to ensure the health of the public and environment of the world is secure.

Wehrum stated, “This is the way it’s supposed to work. Our follow-up testing seeks to make sure that pollution controls work throughout an engine’s useful life. And, if they don’t, then companies step up to set things right.”

Earlier this year, there was a similar recall announced by the EPA. About 232,000 Dodge Ram trucks and an additional 3,500 pickups for high NOx emissions.

Through regular government emission and equipment checks, the faulty SCR systems were discovered over the summer. The EPA and the California Air Resources Board found out about the problem and addressed the issue efficiently with the engine manufacturer. Cummins, the global power leader in diesel and alternative fuel engines, is partnering with the EPA over the recall, as they conducted their own tests shortly afterwards. According to the Cummins website, these engines are used in both Nissan and Dodge trucks.

The Solution

Cummins plans to contact all owners of the trucks to offer them complimentary repairs of the SCR system. They will receive instructions about when are where this can be done. Owners are encouraged to contact Cummins directly via their website or helpline: 1-800-286-6467. More information about this recall and other instigated by the EPA can be found on their recall page.

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Ferrari recalls vehicles with defective air bags

 

Englewood Cliffs, N.J. – July 2, 2018 – Ferrari North America has recalled more than 1,500 vehicles potentially equipped with defective Takata air bag assemblies, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects multiple models, including:

  • 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia coupes produced between July 14, 2011, and May 18, 2012.
  • 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider convertible coupes produced between Feb 12, 2012, and May 18, 2012.
  • 2012 Ferrari California convertible coupes produced between Aug. 30, 2011, and May 17, 2012.
  • 2012 Ferrari FF hatchback coupes produced between Sept. 1, 2011, and June 25, 2012.

The Italian automaker suspects all of the vehicles named in the recall contain the defective components.

The Defect

Affected models include air bag assemblies with non-desiccated ammonium nitrate inflators prone to propellant degradation. In the event that the propellant in these fixtures does deteriorate, the material may combust upon air bag deployment, exploding the metal inflator casing and sending steel shards flying through the vehicle cabin at high speeds. This defect poses a serious safety hazard to occupants.

These defective air bag assemblies, 50 million of which have been recalled worldwide, according to the NHTSA,  have claimed the lives of approximately 23 people and injured more than 100 others, Car and Driver reported. However, Ferrari has yet to receive field reports linking the Takata air bags involved in this action to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

On Jan. 3, 2017, Takata filed a Defect Information report with the NHTSA, indicating that it intended to recall a slew of new air bag assemblies installed in numerous models across multiple brands. Ferrari immediately reviewed its stock and issued a recall of its own soon after the Takata filing. In May 2018, the car manufacturers reassessed the issue and decided to expand its previous action.

Ferrari notified dealers of its intentions June 15, 2018.

The Solution

The automaker has directed dealers to replace the air bag inflators in affected models free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgment document. Ferrari notified owners via first-class mail June 22, 2018. However, those in need of additional assistance can speak to Ferrari customer service representatives by calling (201) 816-2668. They can also reach out to the NHTSA directly using the agency’s toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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2018 Alfa Romeos Face Recalls over Brake Fluid Contamination

 

Auburn Hills, Michigan – Jan. 16, 2018 – Chrysler Fiat America recently announced a recall of more than 300 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia sedans, citing concerns over contaminated brake fluid that could degrade over time, according to a filing made with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Specifically, the brake fluid in these vehicles may have come into contact with a type of oil that is not compatible with it, which could cause it to degrade over time and reduce braking performance. That, in turn, could lead to an increased risk of accident or injury.

All 307 of the Giulia sedans in the recall are expected to carry this defect, and were produced from Nov. 14 to Nov. 23, 2017.

The Defect

The brake fluid in affected vehicles were limited to the 10-day period in question, before and after which point the contaminated barrels of oil were not present in the factory where the vehicles were put together.

When the brake system is affected by the contaminated fluid, its components will likely be damaged and lead to a decline in overall performance of the vehicle’s braking capabilities. There would be no way for drivers to determine that this was happening, and could therefore result in a crash before the problem could be addressed, unless there was a brake failure during operation. In that case, a warning light in the dashboard would come on to alert the driver about the issue. However, the recall report called this warning “limited.”

Timeline of Events

Two vehicles being tested as part of a Customer Product Audit failed a routine examination on Nov. 23 when they suffered a loss of clutch pressure. This prompted a small population of vehicles to be put on hold. On Nov. 28, Alfa Romeo officially opened an investigation into the issue, and conducted further lab analysis on the vehicles that failed the audits. This analysis found the contamination of the brake and clutch fluid that led to the recall, and determined through internal records that they had both been manufactured at a time when a pallet of brake and clutch fluid, as well as oil, had been used starting Nov. 13. The next day, all vehicles at the plant were held and tested for oil contamination.

Alfa Romeo was able to create a bypass to only use uncontaminated barrels in further production starting Dec. 5.

Then, on Dec. 13, FCA Italy finally decided to issue the formal safety recall.

The Solution

FCA is encouraging owners to get their vehicles’ brake systems inspected and replaced as necessary, as part of the recall. It will fully reimburse owners who incurred any associated costs with repairing the issues.

Consequently, the automaker asks that owners send original receipts or other proof of payment to confirm the cost of the expense.

Fiat Chrysler will notify owners and dealers about the recall starting on or around Feb. 8, 2018.

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Man dies when air bag inflator ruptures during car repair

ABC News – July 10, 2017

Man dies when air bag inflator ruptures during car repair

Another person has been killed in the U.S. by an exploding Takata air bag inflator, but this death wasn’t the result of a crash.
Honda says a man died in June 2016 when an inflator ruptured while he was working inside a 2001 Honda Accord using a hammer.
The car’s ignition switch was on, so the air bag would have been ready in case of a crash. But it’s not clear why the air bag deployed, the company said. Police photos show the metal inflator ruptured and shot out fragments in Hialeah, Florida, near Miami.
“The rupture most likely contributed to his death,” Honda spokesman Chris Martin said.
The company has not been able to inspect the car and is relying on police photos to make its determination, Martin said…

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