Most people dream about owning a Ferrari one day but the brand is currently in some hot water. Almost 25,000 of the luxury Italian cars have been recalled over brake issues. With this announcement, the brand’s reputation for reliability and quality Italian engineering is sure to take a hit.
A Ferrari’s average top speed can reach upwards of 200 mph, which is why it’s important for the brakes to be in good working condition if a sudden stoppage needed to occur. According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the brake issues date back to 2005.
As a result, Ferrari has recalled a total of 23,555 cars, which is nearly every vehicle the Italian car maker has crafted over the last 17 years.
According to the NHTSA report, Ferrari has identified a fault in its car’s brake fluid reservoir cap otherwise known as the container that houses your car’s brake fluid. When pressing the brake pedal, the pressure changes in the brake lines and causes the fluid to press down on your car’s brake pads. These squeeze down on the brake rotors attached to your tires, which makes your car slow down.
Apparently, the Ferrari’s brake fluid cap may not vent properly, meaning a vacuum can form in the reservoir and brake fluid can start leaking out. The brakes will become far less effective if they even work at all.
“Upon total loss of brake fluid, the vehicle would lose braking capability, which may result in injury or death to vehicle occupants,” the NHTSA said.
Thankfully for Ferrari and owners of the Italian sports cars, it’s estimated that only one percent of the total 23,555 recalled cars have the faulty fluid cap. On the other hand, there’s no way of telling whether or not any specific vehicle suffers from the problem.
Ferrari is now fixing the issue to keep drivers safe. The problem is relatively easy to fix as Ferrari will provide you with a new, non-defective fluid cap. They’ll also recalibrate the car’s software so the car will give off earlier warnings if fluid levels start falling. Just about 17 years too late.