Nearly 10,000 Ferraris Could Suffer Brake Failure

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Own a 458 or 488? This affects you.

Things like this don't happen often but when they do they're typically serious. Ferrari has just announced a recall for around 10,000 examples of the 458 Italia and its 488 GTB successor because of a possible brake fluid leak. This could potentially result in a "Low Brake Fluid" warning message on the dashboard. All of the affected mid-engined V8 supercars were built between 2009 and 2019.

More specifically, the recall is for the 2010-2015 458 Italia, 2014-2015 458 Speciale, 2015 458 Speciale A, 2012-2015 458 Spider, 2016-2019 488 GTB, and the 2016-2019 488 Spider. But here's the thing: Ferrari doesn't know how to fix the problem.

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According to Ferrari's notice with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the issue has been pinpointed to the master cylinder assembly, but engineers still can't figure out why it's leaking.

The only safe thing to do is to recall every vehicle built with that particular assembly type. "The Ferrari 458 and 488 model vehicles are no longer in production, and subsequent Ferrari models do not use the same brake master cylinder/brake booster component," the company said. Ferrari and brake booster and brake pump assembly manufacturer, Bosch, are currently working to trace the problem and figure out a repair solution.

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"Ferrari intends to send an interim notice letter to all 458 and 488 vehicle owners to warn them of this issue, and instruct them that if the "Low Brake Fluid" warning message appears on the vehicle dashboard, the driver should pull off the road as soon as it is safe to do so and then contact Ferrari Roadside Assistance and get towed to the nearest authorized Ferrari dealer."

The Italian carmaker first became aware of this problem last March when a 2018 488 GTB experienced brake failure in the US. In September, Ferrari learned of another two 488s suffering from the same problem. In one of those cases, brake fluid leaked into the brake booster chamber. Hopefully, a fix will be quickly found and owners will no longer need to worry.

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