Brake Failures: Ferrari Recalling Every Car It Made Since 2005!

Ferrari is recalling virtually its entire production of cars over the last 17 years. A long list of models is being recalled over potential brake failures. The recall involves over 23,000 cars, in what some say is unprecedented. We say we didn’t know Ferrari made that many cars, period. 

Here are the recalled cars:

a red 2022 ferrari roma , a luxurious italian coupe that is able to offer outstanding performance
2022 Ferrari Roma | Getty
  • 2005-2009 430
  • 2019-2020 488 Pista
  • 2010-2011 612
  • 2005-2011 612 Scaglietti
  • 2018-2022 812
  • 2009-2017 California
  • 2015-2017 California T
  • 2013-2017 F12 Berlinetta
  • 2017 F12 TDF
  • 2016 F60 America
  • 2020-2022 F8 Spider
  • 2020-2022 F8 Tributo
  • 2012-2016 FF
  • 2017-2020 GTC4Lusso
  • 2018-2020 GTC4Lusso T
  • 2013-2015 LaFerrari
  • 2017 LaFerrari Aperta
  • 2019-2022 Portofino
  • 2021-2022 Roma

Why did Ferrari issue the recall?

Ferrari F430 Spyder at Miami Auto Show, one of five collector cars Hagerty says is losing value
Ferrari F430 Spyder | Victor Malafronte/Getty Images

The potential brake failures have been pegged on the brake fluid reservoir cap. It doesn’t vent like it should, which can cause a vacuum inside the reservoir. So the fix is a new cap and an ECU update. The software update is for an alternative warning if the brake fluid goes below a given level. As drastic as recalling almost your entire production output sounds, the solution seems so banal. But not having brakes is anything but. 

Ferrari claims that only about one percent of the 23,000+ cars will actually need the fix, but you don’t mess around when it comes to brakes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration filing was on July 26. This is not the first time in recent months that there has been a Ferrari recall over brake issues. 

Haven’t there been other recalls for Ferrari brake problems?

LaFerrari Aperta
Ferrari’s LaFerrari Aperta | Getty

Last November, another recall for North American Ferraris was issued over faulty brakes. It involved almost 10,000 cars including the 2010-2015 458 Italia, 2012-2015 458 Spider, 2014-2015 458 Speciale, 2015 458 Speciale Aperta, and 2016-2019 488 GTB and 488 Spider models. The brake booster and pump assembly were the reason for the recall. It was determined that the issue involved the brake booster and pump assembly. Bosch manufactured both units.

At that time, the NHTSA advised that if the brake fluid light came on to “pull off of 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.” 

Ferrari F8 Tributo
Ferrari F8 Tributo on display at Brussels Expo | Getty

In April, another recall involving over 2,200 cars happened in China. It was due to leaking brake fluid, though at the time of the recall Ferrari had yet to determine the reason. This involved the 458 Italia, Speciale, and Spider models built between 2021 and 2019. 

To see the NHTSA recall details you can go here.

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