23,555 More Ferraris Recalled Over Brake Failure Risk

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

23 555 ferraris recalled over brake failure risk

Ferrari has recalled 23,555 vehicles manufactured between 2005 and today, representing a sizable chunk of the brand's output. As with the recall Ferrari issued in October of 2021, the company remains worried about the potential of dangerous brake failure. Though your author imagines the physical threat this actually presents to vehicle owners is limited, because most Ferrari products spend their entire lives in climate-controlled garages as motionless baubles.

Still, it may pose some amount of risk to in-house mechanics and multi-millionaires who actually drive their collectible cars and aren't Jay Leno (he's sworn off the brand). So it's likely better for Ferrari to notify the public than simply playing the odds that nobody will notice for another 15 years.

Whereas the earlier recall affected the Ferrari 458 and 488, the new one is substantially larger and has managed to incorporate exceptionally rare models — like the F60 America and LaFerrari Aperta — that cost more money than some people manage to earn in a lifetime.

Other examples include the 430 (2005-2009), 488 Pista (2019-2020), 612 (2010-2011), 612 Scaglietti (2005-2011), 812 (2018-2022), California (2009-2017), California T (2015-2017), F12 Berlinetta (2013-2017), F12 TDF (2017), F8 Spider (2020-2022), F8 Tributo (2020-2022), FF (2012-2016), GTC4Lusso (2018-2020), GTC4Lusso T (2018-2019), LaFerrari (2013-2015), Portofino (2019-2022), and Roma (2021-2022).

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has an expansive report sheet for impacted models and their common problems. According to the documents, Ferrari found that the brake fluid reservoir may not be venting properly. This runs the risk of creating a vacuum in the reservoir which can cause brake fluid to seep out. Obviously, if you don't have enough brake fluid, the pedal will get spongy and you'll eventually have a serious safety issue to deal with. Ferrari said the defect "may lead to partial or total loss of braking capability."

Considering the brand only delivers about 9,000 cars annually and this builds on an earlier recall that was almost 10,000 cars strong, the whole situation is pretty embarrassing. We're looking at billions of dollars worth of high-end cars representing almost everything Ferrari has had on offer since 2005 here. But the solution appears to be straightforward and isn't wholly reliant on a "software fix" that's allegedly been designed to address a mechanical fault.

"The repair consists of replacing the brake fluid reservoir cap [with improved ventilation] and updating the software in the affected vehicles to provide for a different warning message if the vehicle should lose sufficient brake fluid," the Italian company explained in the safety reports. "Ferrari will send a notice letter to all affected vehicle owners to warn them of this issue, and instruct them 1) to contact an authorized Ferrari dealer to schedule the free recall repair, and 2) that in the meantime, remind them that if the “low Brake Fluid” warning message appears on the vehicle dashboard, the driver should pull off the road as soon as it is safe to do so, and then contact Ferrari Roadside Assistance and get towed to the nearest authorized Ferrari dealer."

Additional details showed that the warning message won't come on until the amount of brake fluid in the reservoir decreases by approximately 50 percent of its maximum level. For older models, this may just be a warning light and some chimes or buzzing. On newer models, Ferrari also plans on having cars display a text warning that directs drivers to drive slowly and head in for repairs. Though towing will likely be the preferred option.

Owners should begin receiving letters from Ferrari with instructions for the fix before September 24, 2022 — at which point the dealers should all be notified and instructed on how to perform the necessary work.

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  • Skippity Skippity on Aug 10, 2022

    I had a 308 in the 80's. Said Matchbox on the bottom.

  • Conundrum Conundrum on Aug 10, 2022

    All that verbiage for a brake fluid reservoir cap that sorta kinda fails over time? That's all it is, right? The vent hole gets plugged up or something. Quelle horreur, it's the end of civilization as we know it. What happens when Micky D's doesn't put enough extra ketchup in your order at the take-out window? You must have an existential histrionic fit!

    Cue the cheapskate commenter: "Jeez. I drove my 1987 Corolla 734,562 miles, the last 83K with the emergency spare on the left rear, and it didn't even use up all the tread! Plus, I never had brake failure and it never used a drop of oil even though I used Walmart $1.88 stuff in a plastic gallon jug. I guess Toyota could teach those Ferrari guys sump'n about how to build cars!"

    • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Aug 10, 2022

      Lol...You know good and well Toyota owners don't ever change their oil.

  • Stanley Steamer There have been other concepts with BYOT, that I have always thought was a great idea. Replacing bespoke parts is expensive. If I can plug in a standard 17" monitor to serve as my instrument panel, as well as speakers, radio, generic motors, batteries, I'm for it. Cheaper repair, replacement, or upgrade costs. Heck I'd even like to put in my own comfy seats. My house didn't come with a built in LaZboy. The irony is that omitting these bespoke items at the point of sale allows me to create a more bespoke car as a whole. It's hard to imagine what an empty rolling monocoque chassis would look like capable of having powertrains and accessories easily bolted on in my garage, but something like the Bollinger suv comes to mind.
  • Iam65689044 Sometimes I'm glad the French don't sell in America. This is one of those times.
  • SCE to AUX I was going to scoff, but the idea has some merit.The hard part would be keeping the weight and cost down. Even on the EPA cycle, this thing could probably get over 210 miles with that battery.But the cost - it's too tempting to bulk up the product for profits. What might start as a $22k car quickly becomes $30k.Resource-deprived people can't buy it then, anyway, and where will Kyle get the electricity to charge it in 2029 Los Angeles?
  • SPPPP How does one under-report emissions by 115 percent? If you under-report by 100 percent, that means you said your company's products and operations cause no emissions at all, right? Were these companies claiming that their operations and products clean the air, leaving it better than when they got there?On the other hand, if someone was trying to say that the true emissions number is 115 percent higher than was reported, then the actual under-reporting value would be 53.5 percent. True emissions would be set at a nominal value of 100. The reported emissions would be 46.5. Take 115 percent of 46.5 and you get 53.5. Add 46.5 and 53.5 together and you get back to 100.A skim of the linked article indicates that the second reading is correct - meaning the EU is *actually claiming* that the worst offender (Hyundai and Kia) under-reported by 53.5 percent, and VW under-reported by 36.7 percent ((1 - (100/158))*100).I find it also funny that the EU group is basically complaining that the estimated lifetimes of Toyota vehicles are too short at 100,000km. Sure, the vehicles may be handed down from original purchasers and serve for a longer time than that. But won't that hand-me-down resale also displace an even older vehicle, which probably gets worse emissions? The concept doesn't sound that unreasonable.
  • Brendan Pataky Yeesh that's depressing. But remember, this will stop the hurricanes, or something