By Colin Bird on September 3, 2010
Ferrari North America is recalling 303 of its 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia vehicles over inadequate heat shield protection, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Under certain conditions, the heat created by the engine can cause possible deformations of the rear right and left wheel wells. When this happens the wells themselves can deform close enough to the exhaust system to cause the bonding adhesives to ignite, resulting in a vehicle fire or crash.
Owners of affected vehicles will be notified this month. Ferrari dealerships will remove the existing heat shields and bounding adhesives and install new protective heat shields free of charge. Owners can contact Ferrari at 201-816-2600 or NHTSA's hot line at 888-327-4236.
Ferrari says that it received information regarding a possible fire on one of its 458 Italias in August. The automotive community has known about the Ferrari fires for some time, via Jalopnik’s coverage, but that’s not to say that each reported incident there is related to this recall.