China’s market regulator announced on Friday that Ferrari will recall 2,222 cars in China. It is because a potential braking system fault was detected. According to a source reported by Reuters, the recall is part of the automaker’s global undertaking over the same issue.
The recall covers the 458 Italia, 458 Speciale, 458 Speciale A, 458 Spider, 488 GTB, and 488 Spider series models, the State Administration for Market Regulation said, and is for cars imported between March 2010 and March 2019. The recall will begin on May 30.
n the car industry recalls and their timings are normally decided by each individual national authority after issues emerge or are flagged by the constructor. Ferrari said that, after investigating the matter together with its supplier Bosch, they had identified the cause of the defect in affected vehicles in a brake reservoir fluid cap that may not vent properly, thereby potentially creating a vacuum inside the brake fluid reservoir. “The safety and wellbeing of our clients is our priority. We operate according to stringent safety and security guidelines to ensure the right systems and procedures are in place at all times” Ferrari said.
“Vehicles involved in this recall campaign are equipped with a brake reservoir fluid cap that may not vent properly, thereby potentially creating a vacuum inside the brake fluid reservoir,” Maranello, Italy-based Ferrari said in a statement. The recall involves some of the carmaker’s 458 and 488 vehicles.
“Vehicles covered by this recall may potentially increase the risk of brake fluid leakage, resulting in reduced braking performance or brake failure,” according to the website, which advised owners to drive with caution and stop immediately and arrange for towing if the car’s “low brake fluid level” warning light comes on. While the development is negative news for Ferrari, any impact will likely be short-term only, Bestinver Securities analyst Andrea Trovarelli wrote in a note. “We remind readers that in FY21, Ferrari shipped around 3,700 vehicles in APAC, that is around 33% of total shipments.” Ferrari’s China division will replace the brake fluid reservoir cap free of charge for vehicles within the scope of the recall, according to a notice.
The recall of the vehicles might appear to be impacting the automaker’s sales. However, the recalls are happening in the case of various automakers, including the luxury car makers. In March, BMW announced that it is going to recall 917,000 older versions of its cars. It was an issue related to the possibility of catching fire.