If you’re the owner of a 2012 Ferrari California, 458 Italia, 458 Spider or FF, the good news first: You own a 2012 Ferrari California, 458 Italia, 458 Spider or FF. Now the bad news: Your Ferrari is involved in the massive Takata airbag recall, and if you haven’t brought it in for service yet, you’re at serious risk for danger.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a recall today for model-year 2012 Californias, 458 Italias and Spiders, and FFs, for the passenger front airbag module, which houses an inflator that could potentially explode in a crash.
NHTSA’s recall is a follow-up to the initial recall in May 2016. (This is separate from the most recent wave of region-specific Takata recalls from January.) If you’re among the owners of one of these exotics or simply want to marvel at the fact that even Ferrari didn’t escape the Takata epidemic, read on for crucial details regarding what needs to be done.
Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1,500 model-year 2012 Ferrari California, 458 Italia, 458 Spider and FF sports cars
The Problem: The passenger frontal airbag modules have airbag inflators that may explode in a crash due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling. An inflator explosion may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the passenger frontal airbag assembly with one that uses an alternate inflator for free.
What Owners Should Do: Ferrari did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 201-816-2668, NHTSA’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer. To check for other recalls, and to schedule a free recall repair at your local dealership, click here: Ferrari California; Ferrari 458 Italia; Ferrari 458 Spider; Ferrari FF
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