Ferrari North America Inc. has recalled more than 2,600 of its luxury cars, including 841 in the U.S., because the Takata Corp. air bags they contain were incorrectly assembled and could cause neck injuries, according to a report by NHTSA. The safety recall report stated that the problem is a combination of the air bags being deployed in a “rotated orientation,” as well as a lack of glue to keep them in place. The affected vehicles include various 458 models, as well as the F12 Berlinetta, California T, FF and LaFerrari, the last of which retails for about $1.4 million. “Ferrari SpA has been informed by the Takata Corp. of a production nonconformance issue with the driver-side air bags it received preassembled from said supplier and installed in several cars built in 2015,” the company said in a statement.
A spokeswoman for Ferrari said that the issue is unrelated to the defect affecting Takata air bags in vehicles made by American Honda Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., Ford Motor Co. and others, which can cause the air bags to expel potentially deadly pieces of shrapnel. Takata informed Ferrari about a potential problem with its air bags in June after one test revealed elevated “energy absorption” values used to quantify the risk of a neck injury, according to NHTSA.
Additional testing showed that both the insufficient gluing and the rotation error – caused by the cushion being improperly inserted into a folding machine – had to be present for the air bags to be dangerous, the recall report said. The recall was scheduled to begin July 30.
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