Lamborghini is recalling 1,453 supercars in the U.S. that suffer from a defect that could result in fires during “particular maneuvers” such as over-revving the engine while the vehicle is idle. A recall report was posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Automobili Lamborghini SpA submitted the recall report for model year 2012 to 2017 Lamborghini Aventador, including all limited editions. This includes the Anniversario, Miura Homage, Pirelli Edition, Super Veloce and the ultra-rate “one shot” projects: Veneno Coupe and Roadster. The company estimated that every one of these vehicles is affected by the defect, and media reports showed that more than 5,000 cars would be recalled worldwide.
Specifically, if the car’s fuel tank is overfilled, certain conditions can cause liquid fuel to reach the car’s carbon canister, which is part of its evaporation control system. If fuel reaches the purge valves, which control the amount of fuel vapor that’s purged from the canister, it can affect the operation of the vehicle’s fuel evaporation system. This situation is exacerbated in the winter, the company’s report said. Faults in the evaporation system could mean that fuel vapors aren’t properly treated, and without that proper treatment, maneuvers such as over-revving could bring fuel vapor into contact with hot gasses. Such a situation risks fire, especially if the car has an unapproved aftermarket exhaust system, the company said. The smell of gas outside of the car could tip owners off to a possible problem, the report said.
The company plans to notify everyone who owns an affected vehicle and will instruct them to make an appointment with an authorized Lamborghini dealer who will upgrade the evaporation system for free. The upgrade includes new purge valves that will prevent the fuel tank from overfilling, the company said. Dealers were notified on Feb. 17 through Lamborghini’s dealer portal while car owners were to receive notification in the mail between Feb. 24 and March 24.
Last year, the NHTSA concluded that tire pressure monitors in cars made by Lamborghini, Tesla Motors Inc. and Ferrari North America Inc. that don’t light up when they should aren’t a danger to the public. The decision came after the three automakers reported the defect to the NHTSA in 2014 and petitioned the agency to declare the problem inconsequential to motor vehicle safety. All three said they weren’t aware of any customer complaints, incidents or injuries related to the issue.
According to the NHTSA, the tire pressure monitors turn on as they should upon detecting a tire problem, but the light doesn’t turn back on immediately after the cars have been turned off and restarted. Instead, they turn on after the vehicles exceed 20 to 25 miles per hour for at least 90 seconds. The agency determined that because the problem only occurs at low speeds, it poses little risk to vehicle safety.