Ferrari Brake Fluid Leak Recall Expands to China

MILAN, Italy – Ferrari is recalling more than 2,000 cars sold in China due to a potential brake-fluid leak according to multiple media reports.

The issue – and recall – is related to the recall last November Ferrari North America agreed to with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States and indicates it is facing this issue on a global scale.

At that time, the company said it had not determined the source of the issue, but now, working with supplier Bosch, they had singled out an improperly venting brake reservoir fluid which creates a vacuum inside the reservoir.

The U.S. recall, as reported by The BRAKE Report, covered 9,985 cars (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) while the Chinese recall population is 2,222  cars (458 Italia, 458 Speciale, 458 Speciale A, 458 Spider, 488 GTB and 488 Spider series models).

The website of China’s State Administration for Market Regulation posted today (April 22), “Vehicles covered by this recall may potentially increase the risk of brake fluid leakage, resulting in reduced braking performance or brake failure.”

Ferrari shipped approximately 33 percent of its fiscal-year 2021 output to the Asica-Pacific region (APAC).

News of the recall resulted in a 3.3-percent drop in Ferrari’s stock price today.

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.