Rare Bugatti Recall Covers One Car with $3 Million Price Tag
Bugatti recently issued a car recall covering a single vehicle, a rarity among auto manufacturers and for the French luxury carmaker.
The company is recalling a single Chiron sports car because of a loose screw, Bugatti recently told federal regulators. The recall covers a 2018 Chiron, which comes with a price tag of roughly $3 million.
“During an internal process check on torque wrench system, one screw has been identified to be safety relevant and below the intended torque specification range,” Bugatti said in a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “In the event of a crash, the support may not fulfill its functionality.”
The recalled vehicle’s owner has not been identified, according to the New York Post.
“The Bugatti Chiron is one of the most exclusive cars in the world – with only about 70 produced each year, according to the automaker’s website,” Thomas Barrabo reports for the Post. “A total of just 500 Chirons will be produced during the model’s run – and half were already sold by 2017.”
The company warned that the car should not be driven until the problem is fixed. Bugatti said it would pay for the vehicle to be transported to an authorized repair workshop to have the screw tightened.
Last year, the company recalled all nine of the Chiron Pur Sport sold to buyers in the U.S. Bugatti said at the time that the limited-edition car’s rear tires could develop dangerous cracks after 2,500 miles on the road.
Defects, Recalls and Owners’ Rights
The new Bugatti recall shows that even automakers at the highest end have a hard time ensuring that their vehicles are safe to drive.
The world’s major car manufacturers recall millions of vehicles around the globe each year, often citing serious defects that put people’s lives at risk. These recalls are commonly announced long after cars have been built, shipped to dealers and driven off of lots by unsuspecting buyers.
That is where the California lemon law comes in.
Officially known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, the lemon law requires car manufacturers to perform a wide range of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces automakers to buy back covered cars that they are unable or just plain unwilling to fix. That includes covering the car’s purchase price and reimbursing the owner for financing costs and other expenses.
In some cases, a manufacturer can instead offer to replace the vehicle. It is up to the owner, however, to decide whether to accept or reject this alternative arrangement.
Speak with a Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorney
If you are stuck with a lemon or locked in a dispute with a car manufacturer over repairs, the Los Angeles lemon law attorneys at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help.
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