Luxury sports car maker McLaren Automotive has recalled 122 of its P1 hybrid vehicles, which sell for more than $1 million each, due to the potential for the hood to open while the vehicle is in motion. NHTSA said the affected vehicles have a secondary hood latch that might not re-engage properly, meaning the hood can open while the vehicle is moving if the primary latch is inadvertently released. Certain model year 2014-2015 P1 hybrid vehicles manufactured between March 1, 2013, and October 31, 2015, are affected by the recall, according to the recall notice. McLaren said in documents filed with the recall notice that a pre-sale vehicle inspection identified a failure in the secondary hood latch in March. The automaker said it quickly introduced a process change to carry out additional checks on the hood latch.
An investigation later revealed that the attachment holes fitted on the vehicle for the latch were misaligned with the attachment holes on the latch due to the supplier operator’s error. The automaker ultimately introduced a design change in June to improve the latch even though it was confident its pre-delivery inspection would catch any distorted latches, McLaren said. It concluded at the time that no further action was required for vehicles already in the field.
A customer reported, however, that the hood of his car opened while the vehicle was moving, prompting McLaren to conduct a recall. The luxury car maker said it will notify vehicle owners so dealers can replace the hood latch at no cost. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said 122 vehicles are affected by the recall. According to McLaren, only 375 McLaren P1 production cars were made. The global split of the P1 numbers puts 34 percent, or 128 vehicles, in the Americas, suggesting that the 122 affected vehicles constitutes most, if not all, of the P1s present in the States.
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