A representative for Ferrari Australasia – a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferrari SpA since 2013 – has confirmed to CarAdvice that the “possible production defect” could affect a component inside the driver’s side airbag module of 2015-built 458 Italia, 458 Spider, 458 Speciale, 458 Speciale A, California T, FF, F12 Berlinetta, and LaFerrari models.
In a statement, the representative said, “We can confirm that 58 cars designated for delivery to Australia are affected.”
“During routine control checks of our cars, Ferrari SpA found the production non-conformance issue with the driver's side airbags it received pre-assembled from Takata Corporation, which was confirmed by the said supplier.
“The issue is a possible production defect in a component inside the airbags, which were fitted to several cars built in 2015. Ferrari has immediately issued a recall for those cars to have the airbags in question replaced with conforming devices.”
Information on the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) product safety recalls website says the fault has the potential to result in the airbag deploying "abnormally".
“If the airbag does not deploy correctly, there is an increased risk of injury to the driver during a collision,” the notice says.
The ACCC suggests concerned consumers should contact their nearest authorised Ferrari dealer to have a replacement airbag installed, while Ferrari says such a replacement will take less than one hour to complete, with all work performed at no cost to customers.
The recall first made headlines back in July, with the announcement that 2600 cars would be recalled globally.
Of those, 814 were delivered or bound for North America, while eight vehicles have been affected over the pond in New Zealand.
For clarity, the specific Ferrari fault differs from the Takata airbag inflator issue that has led to the largest automotive recall in history, with more than 53 million vehicles and more than a dozen car makers around the world affected.