Italian supercar manufacturer Pagani recalled 32 of its $1.3 million Huayra vehicles, citing an air bag defect that could cause it to deploy improperly in the event of a crash. Pagani said the issue, which covers certain model year 2014 to 2016 Huayra vehicles, affects the driver’s side front air bag, which may be improperly fastened to the steering wheel during deployment, increasing the risk of an injury. “Pagani does not know of any cases of personal injury or death arising from the defect,” the company said in its safety recall report. “Nevertheless, to minimize the risk of a serious incident Pagani is taking the recall action.” The supercar maker discovered the defect during routine testing in late July, according to a safety recall report filed by Pagani with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Aug. 8. Pagani said while the test showed a correct deployment of the driver air bag, the steering wheel structure demonstrated markings indicating excessive damage to the structure around the air bag assembly’s fastening points.
To fix the issue, dealers will replace the fasteners used to hold the steering wheel’s air bag assembly in place, at no cost to customers. The new fasteners are a different part entirely, with a separate part number, and a different shape and color than the original pieces. The automaker said it successfully tested and confirmed the effectiveness of the remedy in addressing the issue. Pagani launched its recall on Aug. 16 and has already notified owners. The supercar manufacturer also said the recall will include a plan to reimburse any Huayra owner or purchaser who paid to fix the defect before the announcement of the fix.
Pagani manufactured the affected Huayra vehicles between April 21, 2014, and July 29, 2016. The NHTSA estimates the 32 recalled vehicles represent all Huayra vehicles sold in the U.S. between 2014 and 2016. Consumers in the U.S. are some of the biggest purchasers of Huayra vehicles, which Pagani manufactures in extremely limited quantities. For example, in the first six months of 2014, U.S. consumers purchased 40 percent of all Huayra vehicles sold, representing the largest geographic market for the Pagani brand.
Pagani is not the only supercar brand to have air bag troubles. Ferrari recalled about 2,000 of its vehicles in July 2015 that were equipped with defective Takata air bags. Among the vehicles recalled were the Italian automaker’s LaFerrari, which retails for about $1.4 million.
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