47 Bugatti Chirons have been affected by the recall, 12 of which are in the US.
Even meticulously engineered hypercars worth several million dollars aren’t immune to manufacturer recalls, as Bugatti has proven with a worldwide recall for the mighty Chiron. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration announced a world-wide recall for 2017 and 2018 model year Chirons due to faulty seat recliners. A total of 47 Chirons are being recalled due to the faulty recliners, 12 of which are in the US. According to the NHTSA, the seat recliners in the Chiron may feature improperly welded brackets.
Should they fail, the driver’s seating position may suddenly change, thus increasing the chances of a crash. It isn’t clear, however, how many Chirons have been built so far, but it certainly can’t be many since deliveries of the hypercar only started in March. Bugatti has previously said that production of the Chiron will be limited to 500 units at a rate of 70 cars per year. Every Chiron is powered by an 8.0-liter W16 engine with 1,480 hp on tap, enabling it to reach a restricted top speed of 261 mph – but it could go even faster once tire technology has advanced. Hopefully we’ll also see the Chiron fight the Koenigsegg Agera RS next year and set a new production car top speed record too.
Bugatti has notified all affected owners and will transport each Chiron on an enclosed truck to the nearest Bugatti dealer for inspection. If a faulty weld is discovered, Bugatti will replace the entire seating assembly free of charge.