Lamborghini Countach Recalled Because Glass Engine Cover Could Fly Off

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Nine US market examples are involved.

The Lamborghini Countach returned to the world as a modern V12 supercar in 2021 with customer deliveries getting underway earlier this year. But now those lucky US owners - all nine of them - will have to bring their cars to a Lamborghini dealer for a very important reason.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall for a safety issue relating to the Countach's glass engine cover. More precisely, one of the four glass engine cover panels could potentially fly off. Lamborghini claims it was first notified of the defect on October 10 from a customer in Qatar. An investigation was promptly opened and it was soon learned the defect originated with the part's supplier.

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Obviously, any part that breaks off from a vehicle at any speed or at a standstill cannot happen. But the situation is far more serious when said part partially covers a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine with 803 horsepower and 557 lb-ft of torque.

Lamborghini goes on to state in the official NHTSA report that it ultimately determined the supplier's bonding of the glass panels is the source of the problem. If not fixed, this could result in the panel's detachment. No one wants to hear of a situation where a Countach owner is attempting to meet Lamborghini's claimed 0-62 mph time of only 2.8 seconds as it proceeds to its 221 mph top speed only for said panel to break off and go flying to who knows where.

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Lamborghini has not determined whether every single reborn Countach is affected but it's not taking any chances. Exactly one month after the defect was first reported, the company's Product Safety Committee voted to launch the recall for every Countach globally.

Dealers are expected to receive the necessary recall details on January 9, 2023, and customers will receive notice from Lamborghini that week as well. The vehicles will be inspected and if technicians deem it necessary, will replace the glass panels. Countach examples built during the month of October already have the issue corrected. As with all recalls, the repairs and maintenance will be done free of charge.

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