Corrosion of fuel tanks could lead to a leak and increased risk of fire.
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McLaren has issued a recall notice in the United States for 2763 examples of its 570GT, GT, 720S and Senna (shown above) models built between 2016 and 2020 due to a risk of fire – with two incidents confirmed globally suggesting a global recall may follow.

When asked if any Australian-delivered cars are included in the recall, a representative for McLaren Australia told CarAdvice: "Customers will be notified and advised to bring their vehicle in for inspection with any necessary reparatory work to be carried out free of charge. The appropriate regulatory authorities have been consulted on and are aware of this action."

As this article was published, the brand had not lodged a recall notice with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

McLaren sold 403 cars in Australia between 2016 and April 2020.

The US recall – lodged with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – pertains to a noise vibration and harshness (NVH) foam pad placed underneath the vehicles’ fuel tanks that may collect moisture over time and lead to corrosion and leakage from the fuel tank.

Above: McLaren 720S

The NHTSA document says 2008 720s, 373 570GT, 225 GT, and 157 Senna models, have been affected by the recall in the US.

"Although the potential release would be into a ’cool’ part of the vehicle, and therefore well away from any combustible or exothermic areas of the vehicle (such as the exhaust or the powertrain), if the condition were left untreated, fuel could eventually leak underneath the vehicle, which could increase the risk of a fire," the NHTSA document states.

McLaren reports two known failures globally, with a Latvian delivered 570GT and UK delivered 570GT both displaying corroded fuel tanks.

McLaren reports that builds of the models not optioned with the foam pad are not included in the recall.

The brand has stated there is no replacement component for 570GT, 720S and Senna models, and that the remedy will be removal of the NVH pad and inspection – and possible replacement – of the tank at no charge. It is still developing a fix for the GT.