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Fire hazard recalls 1 950 F430s

2009-02-18 06:44
Sinful looking car isn’t it? Ferrari’s hugely desi

Sinful looking car isn’t it? Ferrari’s hugely desirable F430 Spider is the now being recalled in the US for a potential engine bay fire hazard…

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Ferrari
Model F430 Spider
Engine 4.3l V8
Power 360kW @ 8 500r/min
Torque 465Nm @ 5 250r/min
Ferrari is the latest manufacturer to embarrassingly have to recall its cars for a defect stateside.

The Maranello based company, which also races in F1 and produces a disturbing line of non-core products and paraphernalia as part of its business, is recalling 1 950 F430 Spiders, sold between 2005 and 2007. It seems when the going was good in the sales department, many manufacturers just could not build enough cars to satisfy demand.

Ferrari was no exception – it seems. The defect which has initiated the recall relates to hydraulic hoses which operate the convertible canvas top/ These could possibly develop hairline cracks from the engine heat and leak fluid onto the hot engine, developing an engine bay fire. 

The all-powerful National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has spoken, and Ferrari, keen to pander to the whims of its biggest market, has instructed American dealers to install protective heat shields to cover the hydraulic lines and insulate them from engine compartment heat.

It baffles the mind why Ferrari did not insulate the hydraulic lines from the outset, considering the amount of heat the 4.3l, 360kW V8 generates under full load – which is most of the time, considering the F430’s performance potential.


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