Faulty brakes on a high-performance supercar won't inspire confidence amongst owners.
In November 2012, Ferrari had to recall a staggering 10,000 examples of the 458 and 488 supercars. The Italian thoroughbreds, produced between 2009 and 2019, had the potential to develop a brake fluid leak. At the time, Ferrari had no remedy to the solution, which is somewhat concerning. The Maranello-based brand announced that if owners noticed a "Low Brake Fluid" warning on the dashboard, they should have the vehicle towed to a Ferrari dealership.
It seems the issue has reared its ugly head yet again. Reuters reports various 458 and 488 models imported to China between March 2010 and March 2019 may have a fault with their braking systems. An unnamed source close to the matter told the news agency that this is part of a wider recall, which includes the aforementioned 10,000 examples. In total, 2,222 vehicles are affected, including the 458 Italia, Speciale, Speciale A, and Spider, as well as the 488 GTB and Spider models.
The Chinese recall coincides with Ferrari announcing that it has identified the cause of the fault in the affected Ferraris. The brake fluid leak reportedly stems from a brake reservoir fluid cap, with the company noting it "may not vent properly, thereby potentially creating a vacuum inside the brake fluid reservoir."
The company added, "The safety and wellbeing of our clients is our priority. We operate according to stringent safety and security guidelines to ensure the right systems and procedures are in place at all times."
Between 2014 and 2021, the brand shifted approximately 5,400 supercars in the "greater China region." This means a great majority of the cars sold there are affected by this issue.
Ferrari must be displeased by the recall; the Italian brand prides itself on precision engineering. However, US-based owners must be relieved that there's a fix to the potentially dangerous issue. The 488 has since been replaced by the F8 Tributo, which is yet to suffer a recall in the United States. This isn't the first time the Prancing Horse has suffered a recall for some of its models.
The wide-reaching Takata airbag scandal affected myriad brands, including Ferrari. Certain California and 458 models were plagued with airbag issues but, thankfully, the prestige marque remedied the issue quickly. Elsewhere, a software issue on a small batch of 488s had the potential to cause malfunctioning brake discs.