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After a recent spate of engine fires, Ferrari has officially issued a recall of the 458 Italia.

According to the automaker, an adhesive used to attach a heat shield under the rear fender can ignite under high temperatures, leading to a larger fire in the engine bay. We've seen at least four cases on the internet of flaming 458s like this one, and while we can't say for certain, it would seem this adhesive is the likely cause.

Ferrari has designed a new heat shield that attaches with rivets, negating the need for the adhesive. Naturally, 458 owners are urged to call a dealer to schedule an appointment for the free fix.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Ah the irony, a heat shield that is causing fires.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The ironing is delicious.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The lack of the heat shield is causing problems....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Guess they missed the part of orientation that explained heat shield adhesives could not be accelerants.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If I recall, most of the 458s that that have caught on fire have been on public roads. One would think that, during track testing, the 458 would have become much hotter and this sort of thing would have been noticed.

        Of course, you rarely see a racecar over heat on the track, but stop and go city traffic results in many stalled vehicles. Perhaps my assumption is wrong, and daily driving is a lot more stressful for a car than being run near constant redline at speed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's called airflow. LOL
      • 4 Years Ago
      why would you be using adhesive on a $200k+ car to hold on the heatshield, that reeks of cost cutting.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ferrari uses a lot of adhesive in their cars. In this day, adhesives can be be stronger and lighter than using rivets or bolts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        AMEN brother (or sister, whichever the case may be).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Adhesives are widely used not only in automobile manufacture, but also in aircraft design, too. Read up on how the Boeing 787 is made and you'll find a lot of adhesives in use, replacing techniques like welding or riveting. Adhesives can have some disadvantages, too -- but like so many other things in design, it's a trade-off.
      Alan Haney
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know I smelled something burning and my dealer said it was nothing.Wrong this heat sheild came loose and fell out.Well when it did that my car was running and it made a sound that sounded like suckerrrrrrrrrrr.
      Only a dumb ass with too much money would buy a car like this to drive on the street.
      A fool and his money do I need to say more?
      • 4 Years Ago
      i'd still take one--even without the fix. if the chance of fire is under 85%, i'm rolling the dice & daily driving this heavenly mess.
      • 4 Years Ago
      in yo face ferrari

        • 4 Years Ago
        such model ferrari isn't special, atleast not realy.

        it's pretty much build like any car, on a preduction line, but in lower numbers. 1 behind another.
        i'n a few years you can see them for 50k or less in Germany or so.

        Ferrari is recalling 1200 or so.

        besides porsche is a other League, the porsche is basicly made from sheet metal.
        for everyday use.
        the ferrari is build on a aluminium monocoque with 'glued panels'.

        they are total different class cars .... somewhat.
        • 4 Years Ago
        . . . what's the resale value of a used Porch vs a used Ferrari ? lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ferrari's are great cars... as long as you don't want to drive them or anything. But in today's world of the road, you want to look aggressive. This thing is the definition of blind-spots.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like the Hindenberg!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good for you Ferrari, for finally admiting there may be a fault with the 458's construction! I read an article somewhere recently where Ferrari had the gall to imply that it could be "Driver Error"!. Since you are finally admitting that mistakes CAN be made, how about the rash of F599 engine fires ?? All you have to do is go to the site "wreckedexotics.com", click on "Ferrari", then choose the F599. My god ! Up in flames...just like...I believe the first 599 to show up on the site was what appeared to have been a gun metal grey one that caught fire while cruising the autobahn at 130mph. All that was left of that car was the rear end/trunk. Completely melted ! And check-out the remains of the red and tan 599. The engine "Overheated while on a cruise, on a beautiful day". The cooling system isn't able to handle the heat of that V12? Pure B.S. to me. Sounds like a fault in the fuel injection pressure, or return lines. Maybe an oil cooler line for either the engine or power steering. How about the o-rings that seal the external oil pump to the block? If it makes you feel any better, quite a few Gallardo's have gone up in flames...and a few Audi R8's. Maybe someone should turn-up the heat on your fuel injection supplier! Does Ferrari, Lambo., and Audi all use the same make of injection components??? How can ANY company ignore the fact that some of their car's are putting the driver of said car in extreme danger. I pray nobody dies. FACE IT....there is a buildt-in flaw in even the F430! Check out the site.....frightening!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Give me a LFA
      R Joseph
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nothing like a flaming red Ferrari!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I may not build cars, but if I did and thought about adhesives in the engine compartment that hold on a HEAT SHIELD, I might consider the combustion temperature of said adhesive. Chemicals beget adhesives beget fumes beget boom-boom. Then again, I don't build cars.
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