• May 24, 2010

Lamborghini Murciélago – Click above for high-res image gallery

We've seen a rash of recalls in the past few months, but none of the cars and trucks under the spotlight of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have quite the cache of the Lamborghini Murciélago.

The Raging Bull is recalling 428 of its 2007 and 2008 model year Murcielago coupes and roadsters for a potentially serious problem that could result in a fuel leak and possibly a fire. The problem apparently lies with the welds holding the fuel pump support inside the fuel tank. If the welds fail to hold, the tank could detach – and nobody wants a $350,000 exotic with a detached fuel tank.

Owners of the potentially defective Murciélagos can take their supercar to the nearest Lambo dealer for a free repair. Hit the jump to read over the official NHTSA press release.



[Source: NHTSA]
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LAMBORGHINI / MURCIELAGO 2007-2008
Manufacturer: AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI
Mfr's Report Date: MAY 14, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V215000 N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 428

Summary:
LAMBORGHINI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007-2008 MURCIELAGO AND MURCIELAGO ROADSTER VEHICLES. THE WELDS HOLDING THE FUEL PUMP SUPPORT INSIDE THE FUEL TANK COULD DETACH. THIS SITUATION MAY RESULT IN A FUEL LEAK.

Consequence:
FUEL LEAKAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL TANK FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JUNE 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT LAMBORGHINI AT 1-912-409-5634 OR 1-508-808-9562.

Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Lamborghinis catching on fire? How is this news?
        • 4 Years Ago
        cause it's usually those red things with horses for an emblem down the street from Lambo that are the one's that normally burst into flames on a daily basis. LOL
      • 4 Years Ago
      When did Toyota buy Lamborghini?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's about time someone noticed a trend...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The whole "detatchable fuel tank" thing just reminded me of an old King Missle song....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good thing I didn't buy one then.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have seen the Wrecked Exotics web site; it seems this is a regular occurrence with these.
      But have any of you seen the Lamborghini factory tour in HD I think it was on the National Geographic channel? I was surprised at how hand made, read that hand cobbled, these cars are. There seems to be a lot on engineering behind making them go fast, but not so much in just plain making them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        alot OFengineering
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is such crap.

      If you aren't smart enough to check your fuel tank support welds for cracks, it's not the company's fault!

      It's all the drivers fault!
        • 4 Years Ago
        people can't be bothered to even check oil levels now a days....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or press that pedal on the right... that's why some cars do it for you!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats just stage II of the rocket booster.
      zapperdude60
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess I'll have to take mine in to the dealer. *dreaming*
        • 4 Years Ago
        @zapperdude60
        Guess I'm driving the Ferrari tomorrow. Oh wait no I can't afford either of those. Dang. :-(
        • 4 Years Ago
        @zapperdude60
        I'm just going to buy two new ones.
      • 4 Years Ago
      every car has its problems. except mine :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I always thought "Chance of Fire" was part of owning/operating a supercar.

      Glad they got this one cause nailed down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where is the news?
      Murcialegos have been burning in every corner of the world for years, yet Lamborghini realised just now they might accidentally auto-combust............
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