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Ferrari Recalls Italias for Fires

Defective heat shields can cause melting, smoke and flames.

by on Sep.07, 2010

In rare cases a hot car can be too darn hot.

Ferrari North America is recalling more than 300 2010 Italia sports cars for potential fires. It is part of a larger global recall initiated by Ferrari in Italy. The actual number of reported fires was said to be one in a report just filed with NHTSA.

On the affected vehicles the heat created by engine operation could cause the deformation of the rear right-hand and left-hand wheelhouse and heat shield assemblies. Over time the assembly could become too close to the exhaust system, causing the bonding adhesive used to overheat and produce smoke. Under high ambient operating temperatures the adhesive can ignite. Ferrari says this can make the vehicle inoperable and possibly resulting in a crash.