Ferrari 488 GTB Has Been Recalled Because Of Possible Brake Failure


If you can't stop then what's the point?

If you’re the owner of a Ferrari 488 GTB made in the 2016 model year, you ought to pay attention to this. According to a statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “a software error may cause the software algorithm which calculates the percentage value of wear of the carbo-ceramic brake discs of the vehicle to malfunction.” Drivers may not even be aware of the brake discs wear because the relevant warning lamp and message to the driver won’t be given.

The automaker claims the worst-case scenario is an increased risk of an accident because of the brake disc damage. Apparently Ferrari realized there was a discrepancy between estimated and actual wear of the brake discs during scheduled maintenance inspects. Ferrari dug further into the issue and ultimately determined there was a software error. So, how many 488s are affected? Only 40 examples from the 2016 model year, 39 of which are GTB coupes while only one 488 Spider. Forty vehicles is really a very small number, considering Ferrari sold 2,518 vehicles in the US last year. The 488 GTB was launched in 2015 as a successor to the highly regarded 458 Italia.

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The following year saw the release of the 488 Spider. Its twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 produces 660 hp and 561-ft of torque, while its naturally aspirated predecessor delivered 562 hp and 398 lb-ft. Ferrari says it’ll notify dealers and affected owners within the next month. Dealers will update the Instrument Panel Node software free of charge.

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