Automotive recalls are often deadly serious matters of safety, but sometimes one comes around that makes you scratch your head and wonder, 'Why even bother?' That was the exactly the case with a newly reported campaign from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that bordered on the absurdly humorous. It concerned a single Koenigsegg Agera built in December 2012 as a 2013 model for the US.

According to NHTSA, the tire pressure monitoring system in this Koenigsegg wasn't up to US standards because it might not have illuminated the warning light when the vehicle was restarted. To fix things, the company had to find this single owner and have updated TPMS software installed on the supercar. The driver never reported this alleged problem ever actually occurring, and according to Koenigsegg's noncompliance notice, this was the only vehicle it had delivered in the US since 2011.

Clearly NHTSA was taking its duty to police vehicle safety very seriously with this recall. Scroll down to read the agency's full recall report or download the complete noncompliance notice as a PDF, here.
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RECALL Subject : Tire Pressure Monitoring System/FMVSS 138

Report Receipt Date: JUL 18, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V437000
Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1
Vehicle MakeModelModel Year(s)
KOENIGSEGG AGERA 2013

Details
Manufacturer: Koenigsegg Automotive AB

SUMMARY:
Koenigsegg Automotive AB (Koenigsegg) is recalling one model year 2013 Agera vehicle manufactured in December 2012, equipped a BF1 Systems Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The affected vehicle may experience the TPMS system not illuminating the TPMS malfunction indicator light when the vehicle is restarted. Thus, this vehicle fails to comply to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 138, "Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems."

CONSEQUENCE:
If the TPMS doesn't illuminate properly when the vehicle is restarted it could cause the driver not to know there is a problem with the tire, increasing the risk of vehicle crash.

REMEDY:
Koenigsegg has notified the owner, and a dealer has installed a new software version, free of charge. The recall began on July 9, 2014. Owners may contact Koenigsegg's US dealer at 1-212-594-6200.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Bruce Lee
      • 8 Months Ago

      I wonder how the NHTSA noticed this?  Maybe it was recalled in other countries for this issue?

      To be fair, a TPMS that doesn't actually illuminate is pretty useless.

        Smooth Motor
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Bruce Lee

        About 80% of recalls are self reported by the manufacturer.   

      Collin
      • 8 Months Ago

      How many other auto companies on the road can say they had 100.000% completion of a recall fix in a week?

      greg
      • 8 Months Ago

      GM would love a to recall just 1 car 

      sixpackdan
      • 8 Months Ago


      This does not have a dam thing to do with safety. ONE CAR and how many millions did these jackazzes spend to "hunt down" this suposed problem??? FLAWLESS example of government waste gone completly off the deep end.

      Square Wheel
      • 8 Months Ago

      Of course, Tesla would just release a firmware update that the owner's car itself would download... Not that anyone would expect their Agera to be able to do the same.

      bethany.omalley
      • 8 Months Ago

      It was tedious but I was sent a flash drive with the new firmware and updated it from home. 30 minutes and it was back in the garage.

      BipDBo
      • 8 Months Ago

      And my coworker was just telling me of a Chrysler he used to have that stalled every time he made a left turn.

      Times have changed.

      JonathanBond
      • 8 Months Ago

      If Apple made a car, it wouldn't be a recall. Instead of a flaw, the company would just call it a feature.

      Charles Robichaud
      • 7 Months Ago

      hey NHTSA... in my home town of Naples Fl., there's a concrete barrier to keep cars from going into a canal. but at the beginning of it, it has a 45 cut into the face of it , that if a car got hit in the rear and went off the road, car would hit it and go flying into air and tumble down the hill into the canal anyway... probably upside down! shouldn't it have one of those crumpling devices at the beginning of it??? these are the things you should be worrying about!!! in each and every town there is something stupid, that some "engineer" thought up.! go get em fixed... get out of the ivory towers your in.... and step and fetch.!