In the time it will take me to write this alert from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, I could easily have personally called each of the owners of the two model-year 2018 Bugatti Chiron sports cars currently under recall for an airbag issue. Strangely (not really), I find myself without the owners' phone numbers. But if any of you happen to know them, you might want to urge them (to urge their house staff) to check their mailboxes for the NHTSA recall letter, which was expected to be sent out last month.
While we can't help but chortle a little to ourselves when NHTSA puts out a safety alert for a comically small number of uber-exotic, uber-expensive sports cars that common folks rarely, if ever, see, let alone ever will get the chance to drive, recalls have the potential for life-or-death importance and should be taken seriously. So, whether you drive a Bugatti Chiron or Mitsubishi Mirage, when you see that notice in the mail, read it and heed it.
OK, back to those two Bugatti owners, both of whom I'm confident are shopping on Cars.com right this very moment for their next vehicle purchase (again, not really), here's the rundown on your rides:
Vehicles Affected: Two model-year 2018 Bugatti Chiron sports cars
The Problem: The heat shield for the gas generator for the side airbags may have been incorrectly installed during the airbag manufacturing process, potentially reducing the performance of the airbag, increasing the risk of an injury in a collision necessitating airbag deployment.
The Fix: Dealers will remove the affected seats and repair or replace them for free.
What Owners Should Do: Bugatti was expected to have begun notifying owners on June 20. Owners can call the automaker at 805-557-1050, NHTSA's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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