Lamborghini has recalled almost 1,500 of its 2004-6 Gallardo Coupe and Spyder models. In a report posted recently on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Lamborghini outlined a kind of thermochemical conga line of misfortune that could potentially lead to a fire. It begins with “power-steering thermal stress” that might cause “a chlorine release from the high-pressure pipe surface.” Now, a few more steps. “If water is present the chlorine could create a corrosive chemical compound that might damage the external metallic protection of the high-pressure pipe.”
That corrosive compound might produce “a little hole,” allowing power-steering fluid to leak. Should that fluid reach a hot part of the engine, a fire might occur, the automaker concluded. Lamborghini said it discovered the problem during routine internal testing, not from reports of problems with Gallardos from owners. The automaker told the safety agency it was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem.
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