Recall

Apparently $1.4 Million Won't Buy You A Supercar With Safe Airbags

Don't be so quick to blame Takata, or do.

Yep, that’s right: The Ferrari LaFerrari is being recalled for the same reason the Pontiac Vibe was. Although Ferrari builds nearly all its quality components, the Italian automaker messed up on a key safety feature: airbags. Ferrari can’t deny this recall on its flagship supercar by calling it an "upgrade." The issue with the Takata airbags (driver's side airbags only) is that the glue on the leather skin covering was applied improperly and the airbag cushions themselves were installed at the wrong angle.

This causes them to deploy in a rotated orientation, which is potentially dangerous to the passenger and driver. Other cars in Ferrari’s lineup have been affected as well. Models include the 2015 California T, 458 Italia, 458 Speciale, 458 Speciale A, FF and F12 Berlinetta. If you own a Ferrari, you might want to get yours checked soon, because 814 cars need servicing in North America alone. Ferrari spokeswoman Krista Florin does little to reassure drivers by saying, "Ferrari is unaware of any accidents or inquiries related to this issue to date." This is either good (no accidents!) or bad (no idea things needed fixing).

This sort of automotive tomfoolery can be expected by the big boys making tons of cars. However, it is completely unacceptable in a brand like Ferrari with so much prestige. The only excuse we can think of is that the mechanics were too busy tuning the exhaust notes to worry about measly airbags. And this is the result. Whoopsie.

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