Not even million-dollar hypercars are fast enough to escape the wrath of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Ferrari North America is recalling an estimated 85 examples of the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari currently in the United States and seven in Canada to fix issues related to the tire pressure warning system and headrests. The recalls come after the LaFerrari recall-that-wasn’t-actually-a-recall earlier this year, in which customers were “invited” to have fuel tanks replaced at no cost.

The tire pressure warning system issue is largely a messaging bug. When tire pressure drops due to a puncture, the warning on the instrument cluster reads “Low Tyre Pressure-Max speed 50 mph,” but it should say, “Low Tyre Pressure-Do not proceed.” The incorrect message violates the NHTSA’s requirements for tire pressure monitoring systems. The LaFerrari is an amazing car, but like any other car, it’s a bad idea to drive it at 50 mph (or really any speed) on a flat tire.

The other recall affects the L32 seats, which come standard as passenger seats and optional as driver seats. You might remember that LaFerrari buyers were able to choose from three different seat sizes. The L32 is the largest of the three. Apparently, the headrests for these “may not absorb the required amount of energy” and are in violation of safety standards involving head restraints.

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Ferrari North America says no injuries or accidents have been reported as a result of either issue. Owners will be contacted this month to schedule appointments to fix both issues, which should only take about an hour. The tire pressure problem is a simple software fix, while the seats will have small inserts added to the headrests. So, if you happen to own a LaFerrari expect a phone call soon.

Why it matters

The LaFerrari recall comes only about a month after the most recent Porsche 918 Spyder recall, which affected 223 cars in the U.S., and involved a problem with radiator fan wiring harness. Before that the 918 was recalled twice for potentially faulty suspension control arms.

All recalls should be taken seriously, but in grand scheme of things, these problems seem relatively minor when you consider the vast complexity of cars like the Ferrari LaFerrari and 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder.

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Press Release

Manufacturer: Ferrari North America, Inc.
SUMMARY:
Ferrari North America, Inc. (FNA) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 LaFerrari vehicles manufactured May 15, 2014, to March 4, 2015. In the event of a tire puncture, the affected vehicles will display the incorrect warning message of "Low Tyre Pressure-Max speed 50 mph" instead of the correct message "Low Tyre Pressure-Do not proceed." As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 138, "Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems."
CONSEQUENCE:
The incorrect message may cause the driver to continue driving on a punctured tire, causing a loss of vehicle control, and increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
FNA will notify owners, and dealers will update the tire pressure monitoring system software to give the correct reading, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2015. Owners may contact FNA customer service at 1-866-551-2828. FNA’s number for this recall is 56.
NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Manufacturer: Ferrari North America, Inc.
SUMMARY:
Ferrari North America, Inc. (FNA) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 LaFerrari vehicles manufactured May 15, 2014, to March 4, 2015. The affected vehicles have L32 seats as standard equipment for the passenger seat and as optional equipment for the driver seat. In a crash, the headrests of L32 seats may not absorb the required amount of energy, and thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 202a, "Head Restraints."
CONSEQUENCE:
Headrests that do not absorb the required amount of energy can increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
REMEDY:
FNA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the headrests, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2015. Owners may contact Ferrari customer service at 1-866-551-2828. Ferrari’s number for this recall is 55.

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