Ferrari Recalling More Than 1,000 Supercars After Reports of Fire

FerrariFerrari is recalling more than 1,000 of its 458 Italia supercars after reports of fires.

Following reports of fires in locations from Paris to China, Ferrari has determined that the problem is caused by an adhesive used in the wheel-arch assemblies, Reuters reported.

When overheated, the adhesive can melt and ignite, Ferrari said. Now the company, owned by Italian automaker Fiat, is asking the owners of the cars to bring them in to have the glue replaced with mechanical fasteners.

All the cars were made before July 2010. The owners whose vehicles were damaged by fire will receive a new model.

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Fiat? Nah! Toyota is actually the folks making them now! :D

September 03 2010 at 4:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would not be happy ti find out that my car is glued togeter especially the most expensive one not that i would ever buy one

September 02 2010 at 3:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Glue used in the wheel arches is causing these fires.... right. Bull. I have yet to see a glue that just spontaniously catches fire, and I highly doubt if this glue is doing that. Somethings causing the glue to catch fire... maybe Ferarri doesn't want the truth to come out?

September 02 2010 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Well, you haven't been around much or taken any chemistry classes. Many adhesives and inks remain highly flammable when dry.The area of the rear wheel arches gets very hot on mid-engined cars, heat from running gear, engine and hot exhaust caused engine and body panel fires on Mid engined Pontiac cars years ago. The Fiero had engine fires attributed to fuel leaks. The theorized leak was fixed, the car was renamed the TA got a differant engine and still had fires, determined later to be trapped engine heat melting plastics to the point of combustion. It's very possible for adhesive to be the cause of the fire, but for that kind of money you'd think the engineers at Fix It Again Tony FIAT would know better.

September 02 2010 at 3:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I guess in this case glue was the weakest link.

September 02 2010 at 11:38 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply


September 02 2010 at 11:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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September 02 2010 at 1:19 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I'm not sure I would be happy to find out that my $500K Ferrari was held together with GLUE!

September 02 2010 at 10:55 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply