Ferrari Recalls Nearly Every Model Made Since 2005

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The recall affects 20,000 cars across 17 years.

  • The brake fluid reservoir cap may not vent correctly, leading to a vacuum
  • This could impact the braking performance
  • Luckily, the fix is easy

Ferrari has had to issue a recall for nearly every car it has made since 2005. The recall affects varying numbers of prancing horses dating back to 2005, totaling roughly 20,000 vehicles. That may not seem like a lot, but for Ferrari, this is. The brand made just under half that in 2020, one of its better financial years since 2005.

There's a staggering number of models affected, so we're simply going to list all of them out here before getting into the meat of the recall.

  • Ferrari F430 2005-2009
  • Ferrari 488 Pista 2019-2020
  • Ferrari 612 2010-2011
  • Ferrari 612 Scaglietti 2005-2011
  • Ferrari 812 2018-2022
  • Ferrari California 2009-2017
  • Ferrari California T 2015-2017
  • Ferrari F12berlinetta 2013-2017
  • Ferrari F12tdf 2017
  • Ferrari F60 America 2016
  • Ferrari F8 Spider 2020-2022
  • Ferrari F8 Tributo 2020-2022
  • Ferrari FF 2012-2016
  • Ferrari GTC4Lusso 2018-2020
  • Ferrari GTC4Lusso T 2018-2019
  • Ferrari LaFerrari 2013-2015
  • Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta 2017
  • Ferrari Portofino 2019-2022
  • Ferrari Roma 2021-2022
2020-2022 Ferrari F8 Tributo Front Angle View Ferrari

If you're lucky enough to own a Ferrari, you'll be getting that dreaded recall letter in the mail on or before September 24, 2022. Unfortunately, this isn't a Tesla recall, where things can be fixed over the air. The NHTSA says the brake fluid reservoir cap may not vent correctly. Should you be unlucky enough to have that happen, a vacuum can build up inside the brake fluid reservoir.

If that happens, you're in trouble, as the vacuum creates the same effect as not properly bleeding your brakes: partial or total loss of braking power. In a Ferrari capable of (broadly speaking) 180 mph and up, that's an unpleasant prospect.

Thankfully, the fix is almost laughably easy for any dealer service tech, much less one trained to work on Ferraris. All your local wrencher needs do is swap the fluid reservoir cap and reset the accompanying low brake fluid message.

Should you see that message on the dash of your Ferrari, it's likely a good idea to check the fluid levels at the dealer. Earlier this year, China issued a recall for the same issue, only for its piddly 2,222 cars. Those have of course been excused from this most recent recall, which obviously covers quite a few more cars than just the Chinese-Spec 458 Italia, Speciale, Speciale A, and Spider, and the 488 GTB and Spider models.

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2020-2022 Ferrari F8 Tributo Front Angle View

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