McLaren Recalls a Large Number of P1s in the U.S.

Maybe you would expect for a standard car to be recalled because the engineers did something wrong, but what happens when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discovers a problem on a $1,350,000 car? Yes, you don’t have to rub your eyes. McLaren is recalling 122 P1 models because of a hood latch that is not working properly.
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The model year 2014-2015 P1 vehicles were built between March 1, 2013, and October 31, 2015. The problem seems to be a secondary hood latch that may not properly re-engage, and as a result, if the primary latch snaps, the hood might open when the vehicle is moving. It is not something you would want during a track day.

If the hood opens while driving, it may increase the risk of a crash. Fortunately, no injuries or accidents have been reported as of yet.

As these particular vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, the dealers will replace the hood latch, free of charge.

McLaren submitted a report to the NHTSA blaming a tolerance build-up in two of the internal components within the hood latch. There is a chance that if the secondary latch becomes disengaged and is then re-engaged, the solenoid plunger in the secondary latch may miss the latch hole, causing the secondary latch to remain detached.

The recall is expected to begin in January 2016. So, if you planned a day at the Laguna Seca, you might want to cancel it and get your beloved P1 to the closest dealer.

The automaker’s North-American arm has already notified owners, but in case you haven’t been called yet, you can contact the McLaren Customer Service at 1-646-429-8916.

McLaren is not the only exotic carmaker that had to recall certain models. Ferrari had some problems as well, with its California T and 488 GTB models.

The Prancing Horse had to recall 185 California T’s because the vehicles in question came with a low-pressure fuel line that might not connect properly to the fuel pump feed pipe, and it could lead to a fuel leak in the engine bay, resulting in a fire hazard. The 488 GTB vehicles were affected by the same problem, but fortunately, none of the cars reached U.S. customers, so the automaker only issued a stop-sale order.
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