In case you were planning to lock someone inside the front trunk of your Ferrari 458 Italia, your plans have just been foiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The safety agency has issued a recall on the sultry supercar to ensure that the front trunk can always be opened from within.
Apparently the 458 Italia’s interior trunk release for model years 2010 through 2014 may not work when the vehicle is stationary. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 401, which concerns the interior trunk release.
We’re not sure how the agency discovered that the 458 Italia’s interior trunk release was malfunctioning—four years after the car went on sale—but it’s taking the issue seriously.
The recall affects all 458 Italia models, including the 458 Spider, built from March 5, 2010 through to May 20, 2013. Ferrari will notify owners affected by the recall, and dealers will modify the existing interior trunk release with a new component that meets the safety requirements, a service they will complete free of charge.
For further information you can contact NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 (reference recall campaign number 14V487000) or Ferrari at 1-866-551-2828.