Lamborghini Countach Owners Have a Flying Engine Cover Problem
It did not take long for Lamborghini to recall its new Countach hybrid sports car.
The company recently told federal regulators that it is calling back the revived version of the classic sports car. The vehicles’ glass panels could detach and fly off in traffic, according to the luxury auto manufacturer.
“The rear bonnet glass panels could fully detach from the vehicle, creating a road hazard and increasing the safety risk of a crash for following traffic,” Lamborghini said in a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “The defect was caused by an error in supplier's assembly phase concerning the bonding of the glass panel.”
The company first became aware of the issue in October, when a Countach owner in Qatar reported that “four glass engine cover panels had separated from the supercar while it was on the move,” according to Car and Driver.
The recall covers a small number of the new Countach vehicles, including nine in the U.S. Lamborghini said it plans to notify owners of recalled cars stateside by Jan. 13. It will ask owners to bring the vehicles to a local dealer for inspection and repair, free of charge.
California Lamborghini Owners: Know Your Lemon Law Rights
These kinds of car recalls are all too common in California and across the country.
Major auto manufacturers call back millions of vehicles every year, often citing serious defects that pose real safety threats to everyone on the road. The recalls are often announced long after the cars have left manufacturers’ plants and been sold to unsuspecting buyers.
In November, for example, Lamborghini called back certain Uru sedans. The company told federal regulators at the time that a defect may make the cars’ rearview cameras inoperable.
Lamborghini announced over the summer that it was recalling a limited number of Huracan EVO sportscars. The vehicles, which start at more than $200,000 apiece, are equipped with faulty driver-side door handles, the company said.
Fortunately, Lamborghini and other car owners in California have some important rights and protections under the state’s lemon law.
The California lemon law requires automakers to perform a variety of repairs on vehicles while the cars are under warranty. It also forces those companies to buy back or replace cars that they cannot or simply refuse to properly fix.
There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that must happen before the buyback or replacement requirement kicks in. That is one reason why it is important to consult an experienced lemon law attorney. The law requires manufacturers to pick up the tab for certain legal fees incurred by owners enforcing their rights.
Speak With a California Lemon Law Attorney at Our Firm
If you have been stuck with a defective or malfunctioning vehicle or are haggling with a car manufacturer over repairs, the California lemon lawyers at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you fight back.