2011-2012 Ferrari 458 Italia, California
The Problem: Ferrari has released more details surrounding its recent recall of 2011-2012 458 Italia and California models. As previously reported, a machining error may have affected the crankshafts used in these vehicles. The crank may not be able to withstand thermal and physical stresses, and could snap and seize the engine.
The Fix: Ultimately, Ferrari aims to replace the crank and bearings, but will offer owners their choice of three repair methods: Dealers can can replace the parts, remove the engine and have Ferrari North America technicians replace the parts, or exchange the engine with an all-new engine provided by Ferrari North America.
Owners will be notified of the recall within the next 14 days, but can also contact Ferrari North America at (201) 816-2600.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: Ferrari says 74 cars – two of which are in FNA’s “custody and control” — exhibit the defect.
2012 Ford F-150
The problem: A software glitch in the front passenger seat’s occupancy sensor – which controls how the front passenger airbag should deploy, if at all – may not function according to original specifications. As a result, in a collision, the system could deploy the bag in an unintended manner, or not deploy the bag at all.
The fix: Ford will replace the sensor at no charge to the owner. Dealers will also remove and replace any affected sensors found in their existing sales inventory. Owners will be notified next week of the campaign, but can contact 1-866-436-7332 for more information.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 101 2012 F-150s, all built between November 6-15, 2011.
2013 Lexus F Sport GS 350
The problem: a faulty controller for the variable-ratio power steering system (VGRS) could potentially off-center the steering wheel if the car is started immediately after it is parked with the steering wheel turned.
The fix: Dealers will update the calibration on the VGRS controller at no charge. Lexus will begin notifying owners of the campaign in early June.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: Roughly 650 2013 GS350 F Sport rear-wheel drive models.