According to the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) product safety recalls website, the fault lies with a possibly nonconforming airbag inflator contained in the front passenger-side airbag – a component sourced from Takata, the company at the heart of a multimillion-vehicle, multi-brand recall disaster.
“In the event of a collision necessitating deployment of the airbag, this nonconformity may result in the failure of the inflation device and incorrect deployment of the passenger-side airbag, increasing the risk of injury,” the notice reads.
A spokesperson for Ferrari Australasia told CarAdvice, owners of locally affected vehicles will have their car’s front passenger airbag inflator replaced at their nearest dealer, at no cost to customers, with the fix taking approximately two to four days (depending on parts availability and vehicle model).
“Ferrari has been informed of the issue by Takata, in line with the same issue that has already affected many millions of vehicles from other manufacturers,” the spokesperson said.
“Ferrari is unaware of field incidents involving the subject passenger inflators on any vehicles to-date. In any case, we encourage customers to bring their vehicles in for service as soon as they are notified that parts are available.”
Succeeded by the twin-turbocharged Ferrari 488 GTB ($469,988) and 488 Spider ($526,888), the naturally aspirated 458 Italia ($525,417) and 458 Spider ($588,451) were top-selling models for the brand locally, while the non-turbo California ($459,295) was replaced by the twin-turbo California T ($409,888) in 2014. The $624,646 V12-powered FF remains on sale, although, its successor the GTC4 Lusso recently made its Australian premiere.
This latest recall follows a September 2015 recall of 58 Ferrari vehicles designated for Australian delivery, however, that recall stemmed from a possible fault with fully-assembled Takata-sourced driver-side airbags – not airbag inflators – and affected 2015-built 458 Italia, 458 Spider, 458 Speciale, 458 Speciale A, California T, FF, F12 Berlinetta, and LaFerrari models.
Globally the Takata airbag recall, the largest automotive recall in history, is now believed to have blown out to comprise 78 million airbag inflators, affecting more than a dozen car makers around the world.