A wide array of late-model Prancing Horses may not be as safe as they should be.
Listen, nobody wants to crash a Ferrari. Okay, maybe the engineers responsible for crash-testing it for safety's sake, but they're not actually getting inside the vehicle when they ram it into a stationary object. The rest of us, or at least those fortunate enough to drive one, count on everything working properly in the event of a collision. But as it turns out, that may not be the case.
The Prancing Horse marque has found that the electronic control unit responsible for activating the airbags and seatbelt pretensioners may not be up to the task.
To address the issue, it's put out a recall notice for a variety of its late models, including the 488 GTB, Spider, and Pista, as well as the 458 Special A, California T, F12 Berlinetta, and F12 TdF – all ranging from the 2015 to 2018 model years. That includes front- and mid-engined models, V8s and V12s, turbocharged and naturally aspirated engines, coupes and convertibles. Basically everything it made over the past few years, save for the very latest models, as well as the FF/GTC4 Lusso and LaFerrari (which evidently have different airbag ECUs).
The entire scope of the recall affects 893 vehicles in the United States, which amounts to about a third of the number of cars it sold here last year. So even if you're lucky enough have parked in your garage one of the models included in the recall, yours may very well not need the fix.
Maranello expects to have that fix in the form of a completely new ECU, which it will begin fitting to the affected vehicles a week into this August. Until then, Ferrari drivers, please be careful behind that little pony-emblazoned, yellow-hubbed wheel.