Ferrari Recalls 458 Cars After They Spontaneously Burst Into Flame

September 2, 2010

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons user Ascaron

(ChattahBox Business News) – Ferarri has recalled their 458 Italia car that was released earlier this year, saying that models that were made prior to July 2010 have a fault that causes the small issue of bursting into flames.

I can’t help but find this one of the all-time most humorous recall announcements, though I doubt the drivers are laughing. According to a report by CNNMoney, who helpfully offered a picture of one of the cars on fire, the Italia has been found to suddenly catch fire, which could “cause a crash”.

There have been ten accidents so far, which Sky News reported last week was totally the fault of the unlucky drivers, and not at all a coincidence that they all caught fire seemingly out of nowhere. Good call, Sky News!

So, what is causing the fires?

“In rare instances the heat shield could become deformed, bringing it too close to the exhaust system and igniting,” a spokesman says. Obviously, it isn’t that rare if it has happened ten times in three months, but I guess that is semantics.

Anyone who owns a 458 Italia (which costs around $230,000 and was released in the U.S. only a few months ago) should check when it was made. If made prior to July 2010, they should contact Ferrari to plan to move the car to their official North American plant, where they were get a non-igniting heat shield that won’t lead to the possibility of a fiery death.


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