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