Ferrari Recalls The 458 Italia Over Fire Risk

By | September 1, 2010

Ferrari 458 ItaliaIf we would have started a “Jalopnik-esque” styled Save The 458s movement even just a week ago, we could have claimed victory today as Ferrari officially recalled all 458 Italias back to their respective dealerships over a fire concern. With the rate that these Italian beauties have been burning down, we encourage the five remaining owners to take advantage of this recall.

So what’s the problem here? It’s been fun to blame driver error for a time but when the burned down Italia count reached four, most people started to suspect that this isn’t just another case of “Audi R8 meets parking brake meets freeway”. And in fact, it’s not. Ferrari has stated that the adhesive that is used to attach a heat shield under the rear fender likes to ignite under high temperatures. High temperatures that come from, say, a V8 engine just mere inches away.

Ferrari has designed a new heat shield that does away with flammable glue and uses fireproof rivets instead. Owners of the recalled 458 Italias will not be charged for this fix but will probably be left thinking “why the hell did my $250k Ferrari have exploding glue on it?”

[Chad Waite]

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