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McLaren's P1 supercar recalled - bonnet can fly open

2016-01-12 08:08

MCLAREN P1 RECALL: McLaren will work to fix a faulty bonnet latch installed in its P1 supercars. Image: McLaren

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Washington - The US auto safety regulator announced Monday a recall of McLaren's $1.15-million P1 supercar, warning that its bonnet can fly open while moving.

The recall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration affects only a handful of car owners - only 375 P1s were produced between 2013 and 2015 - but cited a serious potential hazard for a car that can race to 400km/h.

Auto blog reports 122 P1 units are set to be recalled in the US.

'May not properly re-engage'

The NHTSA said in the recall notice: "The affected vehicles have a secondary hood latch that may not properly re-engage.

"As a result, if the primary latch is released inadvertently, the hood may open while the vehicle is moving."

The P1 is a 478kW hybrid electric-gas car with technology inspired by Formula 1 cars.

McLaren was founded as a racing team in 1963 by New Zealander Bruce McLaren who died in a 1970 crash after the back trunk of his racing prototype opened at high speed, destabilizing the car.

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