Brake Fluid Leak Leads to Ferrari Recall

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. – Ferrari North America has agreed to recall certain 2010-2019 automobiles due to a potential brake fluid leak which could result in loss of braking ability for the high-performance vehicles.

The recall population, 9,985 cars, consists of model year 2010-2015 458 Italia, 2012-2015 458 Spider, 2014-2015 458 Speciale, 2015 458 Speciale Aperta, 2016-2019 488 GTB, and 488 Spider vehicles, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Part 573 Safety Recall Report 21V-833.

Ferrari has not determined the cause of the brake fluid leak, nor has the company determined a remedy for the condition, according to NHTSA.

A loss of brake fluid could first lead to diminished braking capability and eventually the potential loss of all braking capability.

“Should the the quantity of brake fluid in the relevant reservoir decreases by 52 percent of the maximum reservoir level (so that a percentage equal to 48 percent is still in such reservoir) a message will appear on the vehicle’s dashboard that reads as follows: ‘Brake fluid level low, Go to dealer slowly’. Additionally, a warning light will also appear on the dashboard and an acoustic buzzer will sound,” according to the report.

Ferrari plans to send an interim notice to owners, scheduled to begin Dec. 21, alerting them to the potential issue and advising them to “that if the “low Brake Fluid” warning message appears on the vehicle dashboard, the driver should pull off the road as soon as it is safe to do so, and then contact Ferrari Roadside Assistance and get towed to the nearest authorized Ferrari dealer.”

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.