Nearly 20 percent of Veyrons built are being recalled for one problem or another

Automotive recalls seem to be a pretty common these days, but it’s not very often you seen a manufacturer like Bugatti show up on the recall list. The crazy part is that between March 23rd and April 8th of this year, Bugatti has issued a total of three recalls for the Bugatti Veyron. For a low-volume manufacturer like Bugatti, that is a little troubling. None of the recalls are for anything that poses and immediate risk, but they shouldn’t be taken lightly either.

The first recall that was issued on March 23rd involves certain 2006 to 2010 Veyron models, 2010 to 2012 Veyron Grand Sport models, and 2011 to 2013 Veyron Super Sport models. On these models, there are aluminum reference plates bonded to the undercarriage for jacking and lifting purposes. It was found that these plates may corrode and fall off the vehicle, potentially creating a road hazard or striking another vehicle. Bugatti techs will rivet the plates to the underbody and reseal them to alleviate the problem. A total of 87 vehicles are affected by this recall.

The next recall on the list involves the 2006 to 2010 Bugatti Veyron and 2010 to 2011 Veyron Grand Sport models. On these models, the fuel gauge may read too high, indicating that there is more fuel than there really is. To remedy the problem, Bugatti will replace the control unit for the fuel tank and update the software in the on-board computer system. This recall isn’t all that serious but, to avoid running out of gas on the road, it might be a good idea to keep the tank topped up until the repair can be completed. A total of 72 vehicles are affected by this recall.

The third recall is a little more serious than the others and affects just 2006 to 2008 Veyron models. It was found that the battery cable and its connection to the alternator may corrode and create excessive resistance in the battery cable. This will generate excessive heat, which could eventually spark a fire in the engine bay. Bugatti will replace the battery cable and clean up the corrosion on the alternator to take care of the problem. A total of 13 vehicles are affected by this recall, and to date, we haven’t heard of any fires being caused by this problem.

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Why it matters

At this time, we don’t know when Bugatti will begin notifying customers or begin repairs, but you can contact Volkswagen of America yourself at 1-248-754-5000 to get the ball rolling and determine whether or not your Veyron is affected by any of the recalls. While none of these seem immediately serious, it is important to get the problems taken care of as soon as possible. A loose jacking plate flying along the highway could become deadly to the person behind you, and the last thing you want is to run out of gas, or have a fire start because of a faulty battery cable. All repairs will be made free of charge, so you won’t have to pony up any more dough either – not that you, a Veyron owner, doesn’t have it.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

2009 - 2012 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport
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Read our full review on the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport here.

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