And we thought this whole saga was over. Not quite.
Most know the deal with Takata airbags. In case you somehow missed the news, here’s a basic rundown: Takata was an airbag supplier for many automakers, including Ferrari. It was discovered a few years ago that its airbags were defective. Specifically, their inflators may explode in a crash due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high humidity and temperature. This explosion could result in metal fragments striking the front seat occupants. Serious injuries and even some fatalities have happened.
Needless to say, major lawsuits were filed and Takata filed for bankruptcy a year ago and paid a $1 billion fine. And now the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has issued a recall for a number of 2012 model year Ferraris with defective Takata airbags. Specifically, 1,500 examples of the Ferrari California, 458 Italia, 458 Spider, and FF. All of these supercars require a replacement for the passenger frontal airbag assembly with a new inflator. You don’t want your airbag to explode in your face in case of a crash, do you? Of course not. We can’t image any of these 1,500 Ferrari owners want that as well. Ferrari will, of course, fix the problem free of charge.
Affected owners will be notified by Ferrari shortly or they can reach out directly to the NHTSA’s vehicle-safety hotline (888-327-4236) or visit its website for more details. As of this writing, no injuries or fatalities have been reported by this specific group of Ferraris, but that could change if owners don't get this fixed.