Ferrari Sports Cars Recalled Amid Fuel Leak Concerns
Ferrari is recalling some 400-plus sports cars and warning drivers not to get behind the wheels of those vehicles until they are fixed.
The recall covers certain 296GTB and GTS cars from model years 2022 and 2023. A faulty fuel tank connecting pipe is to blame, the high-end carmaker said in a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Unintended contact between the fuel tank connecting pipe and the high-voltage battery protection cover allowed the formation of corrosion on the pipe due to a chemical reaction between aluminum and inox steel,” Ferrari said in the notice, “which in turn allowed the formation of a hole in the pipe that permitted fuel leakage.”
“Fuel leakage in the presence of an external ignition source may increase the risk of fire,” the carmaker continued.
Ferrari told NHTSA that it planned to alert owners of recalled vehicles via mail by July 7. The company will advise owners to take their vehicles to an authorized Ferrari dealer for inspection and repair. It will also tell owners not to drive the cars until those repairs are completed.
“The repair consists of replacing the current fuel tank connecting pipe installed on 296 models with a new connecting pipe reinforced with an anti-corrosive protective sleeve made of rubber,” Ferrari said.
California Lemon Law Rights for Ferrari Owners
Ferrari may build high-end sports cars, but the company is not above manufacturing mistakes.
Last year, for example, Ferrari announced it was calling back more than 2,000 Ferrari 458 and 488 sports cars in China. It said at the time that the vehicles’ brakes may be defective.
In 2015, Ferrari recalled 458 Italia, 458 Spider, 458 Speciale, 458 Speciale A, California T, FF, F12 Berlinetta and LaFerrari vehicles over faulty airbags. A year earlier, the company called back certain vehicles with defective passenger seat headrests.
The good news for Ferrari and other car owners in California is that the state’s lemon law gives you some valuable rights and protections.
The lemon law generally requires carmakers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also obligates them to buy back vehicles that they are not able or flat-out refuse to fix.
That includes compensating the owner for any down payment on the car, as well as for monthly loan payments, the outstanding balance on any loan. The manufacturer is also responsible for towing, rental cars, and other related expenses.
Talk with a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you have been stuck with a defective or malfunctioning vehicle, a California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you fight back.