Almost every Ferrari sold since 2005 is being recalled

Almost every Ferrari sold since 2005 is being recalled
Magnify / All of these Ferraris must be recalled due to a faulty brake fluid reservoir cap.


Spare a thought for Ferrari. Not its F1[ads1] team, which repeatedly snatches defeat from the jaws of victory while rival Red Bull dabbles in championships, but its road car division, which is in the process of recalling almost every car it has sold since 2005.

The problem is the lid on the brake fluid reservoir. It’s designed to vent the pressure if necessary, but that design obviously isn’t that hot. Bleeding cannot occur, causing a vacuum to build up, resulting in a possible brake fluid leak. And if you don’t have brake fluid in your brake lines, you won’t be able to brake or stop (without hitting something big and solid).

The solution is therefore quite simple – a new brake fluid reservoir cap and a software update that lets a driver know if the brake fluid reservoir is getting low. (Should this happen, Ferrari says to pull over immediately and have the car towed.)

The company believes that only about one percent of cars are actually affected, but caution calls for all of them to be replaced. Which is about 23,555 cars in the US, starting with 612 Scagliettis built in early 2004. In fact, the only Ferraris that will be exempt will be the 575M Maranello, 599 GTB, SF90 and the new 296 hybrid.

Owners should be notified towards the end of September by Ferrari when to bring their cars in to be fixed.

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