Ferrari Issues Stop-Sale Order For The 488 GTB
Ferrari issued a recall Tuesday for all U.S.-spec California T models due to a low-pressure fuel line that may develop a leak and cause a fire within the car’s 3.9-liter powerplant. That recall affected a total of 185 Ferrari customers here in the U.S. Now, just one day later, Ferrari has discovered that the same problem exists with the new Ferrari 488 GTB.
Fortunately, none of the U.S.-Spec 488 GTB examples have been sold in the U.S. yet, so Ferrari issued a stop-sale order as opposed to a recall. Until replacement parts can be delivered to dealerships here in the U.S. and installed, the stop-sale order on the 488 will continue. Considering the problem is a faulty fuel line, don’t expect the stop-sale order to last all that long. The process of repair should be rather quick once dealerships receive the adequate replacement parts.
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Why it matters
I feel like I should give credit to Ferrari for acting so quickly to a problem that has been recently discovered, but the scenario is all too familiar. Think back to 2010, the 458 Italia (replaced by the 488 GTB) also had to be recalled due to a fire risk. Back then it took 11 accidents and five examples burned before Ferrari recalled the Italia, and even then, Ferrari wasn’t all that adamant about alerting the public.
Luckily this time around, there haven’t been any instances of fire with the California T (that we know of) and the 488 GTB hasn’t been delivered to U.S. customers yet. This isn’t something that should be expected from a manufacturer like Ferrari. It considers itself the best, so why is it selling fire hazards on wheels? Until Ferrari can figure out what quality and safety inspection means, I guess it’s in the public’s best interest to wait a while before purchasing a new Ferrari model. At least then Ferrari will have a chance to fix everything it didn’t get right on the assembly line.
Read our full review on the Ferrari 488 GTB here.