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If you've recently purchased a 2012 Ferrari California or a 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia in the United States, heads up: Ferrari is issuing a voluntary recall for 35 California and 45 458 Italia models. At issue is a potential crankshaft manufacturing defect, which could cause vibration ultimately leading to engine failure.
The Italian automaker has not released production dates for the affected models, nor has it published a range of affected VINs. If you own a 2012 model year California or 458 Italia, it's probably worth a phone call to your dealer to see if your particular car is part of the recall.
The recall was reported by Inside Line, and has yet to appear on the NHTSA’s Office of Defect Investigations website. The 80 cars recalled in the U.S. are part of a larger global effort said to number nearly 200 cars.
Ferrari uncovered the potential defect as a programming error, and expressed concern that crankshafts milled to the tolerances specified could exhibit excess vibration. As a precautionary measure, the automaker is recalling affected vehicles to replace the crankshaft.
It’s worth noting that no customers have experienced engine failure to date, and with such a small recall population Ferrari hasn’t even set an official start date to the campaign. If you own a 2012 Ferrari California or 458 Italia and have questions, Ferrari’s Concierge can be reached at (866) 551-2828.