Well, how do we put this? After numerous recalls related to conditions of spontaneous combustion, Ferrari is now affected by a safety recall titled “improperly assembled drivers airbag.” And yes, Takata’s world-renowned sub-standard airbag inflators are to blame for this mess-up.
campaign #15V433000 tells us that Ferrari of North America is recalling 814 vehicles made between December 19th, 2014, and April 29th, 2015. All of the cars are from the 2015 model year, but that’s not the most important aspect of this voluntary campaign.
What is important is that every single Ferrari nameplate from the 2015 model year is affected, namely the 458 Italia, 458 Spider, 458 Speciale, 458 Speciale A, the California T, FF, F12 Berlinetta, and LaFerrari hypercar. According to a safety recall report from the NHTSA, the 814 affected cars boast an “estimated percentage with defect” of "100 percent."
What about those airbags?
For starters, we must highlight that the shrapnel-thrusting defect that killed 8 Honda drivers isn’t the problem that’s affecting all these Ferrari models. Takata informed the Prancing Horse about the following situation: a “relevant combination of insufficient gluing of the leather on the driver's side airbag cover and the possible rotated installation of the driver's airbag cushion in the airbag module.”
Yep, that’s not safe at all.
During a crash, if the driver’s airbag deploys in a rotated orientation, the inflator defeats its protective purpose by injuring the driver instead of cushioning him. Owners are to be notified about the recall, which is expected to begin on July 30th, 2015. Owners may contact Ferrari North America at 1-866-551-2828.