This is kind of embarrassing.
New employee training is critical, especially when that employee works on an automotive assembly line. Lamborghini is now learning that lesson the hard way. The Italian supercar company has just issued a recall in coordination with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration for 26 examples of the 2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Coupe and SVJ Roadster in the US. What's wrong, exactly?
It turns out that during assembly a new employee without sufficient training may have incorrectly installed "the bowden cable pin inside the internal door handles." This could potentially result in an "entrapment risk" or, in other words, the internal door handle could suddenly fall off, leaving occupants trapped inside. This could be lethal in case of an accident or fire.
All the more troubling is that there will be no prior warning before the internal door handles fail to function. However, it would still be possible to gain access to the vehicle from the external door handles because they use different components. Fortunately, there have been no reported incidents so far as Lamborghini discovered the problem during routine quality control procedures on the production line. Lamborghini moved quickly and an internal investigation revealed the error earlier this month.
The affected vehicles were built between December 2019 and January 2020. As a result of the investigation, Lamborghini has improved the assembly process and, hopefully, re-trained the employee.
Affected owners will be notified shortly and they'll be instructed to bring their cars to an official Lamborghini dealership where the entire internal door handle will be replaced. Repairs are slated to get underway beginning in early May. A total of only 900 Aventador SVJ Coupes and 800 SVJ Roadsters are planned, so the fact that 26 of them were incorrectly assembled is fairly significant.
Above all, this error was quickly discovered and a fix has been found and ordered, free of charge of course.