Recall Round-up: Ferrari 458 Italia, California and Lexus GS 350 F Sport

By Trevor Dorchies | May 18, 2012
Ferrari has previously announced that it is recalling some of its 458 Italia models produced between 2011 and 2012 and all California models made in 2012 due to incorrect machining to the crankshaft. This can spell trouble for Ferrari owners as the crankshaft is the part of the engine that sets the pistons in motion which in turn (after a few other steps) makes the whole vehicle go. If the crankshaft fails, the engine may seize up completely leaving the 458 Italia and California completely powerless, and increase the chance of an accident. Now, the recall has become official in the U.S., and the Italian manufacturer is bringing back 74 vehicles for repairs. To rectify the situation, Ferrari will begin contacting owners and dealers starting sometime this month. Owners of defective models can bring their vehicle into the dealership and have the engine repaired or replaced at no extra cost. Concerned owners can contact Ferrari directly at (201) 816-2600 and reference recall campaign number 52. You can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236. Lexus has announced a voluntary recall that affects 650 2013 GS 350 F Sport rear-wheel drive vehicles. The root of this voluntary recall concerns an update for the Variable Gear Ratio Steering electronic control unit to be recalibrated. The VGRS is responsible for making steering feel lighter and in more control at higher speeds and more sensitive the slower the vehicle moves. If this module fails the steering wheel may became off-center upon restart if the vehicle was parked with the wheel turned in a certain direction.
Affected owners will be contacted by Lexus by first-class mail starting next month and dealers will perform the necessary updates to the VGRS ECU free of charge. The repair is estimated to take about 30 minutes time but that number will vary according to the dealer's schedule. Source: NHTSA, Lexus

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