Of the recalls we see on a regular basis, million-dollar exotic supercars don't often pop up. But that's exactly what we have on our hands today as Ferrari North America and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have issued a pair of recalls for all 85 examples of the flagship LaFerrari hybrid hypercar in the United States.

The first of the recall campaigns revolves around the headrests, which "may not absorb the required amount of energy" and therefore fail to comply with the federal safety requirements. The issue involves the larger L32 seat supplied by Lear, fitted as standard for the passenger and optional for the driver's seat. Addressing the issue will require dealers to replace the headrests.

The second recall involves the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which – in the event of a puncture – will display the wrong message. Instead of telling the driver not to proceed on the punctured tire, as apparently required under federal regulations, the system would (as currently programmed) tell the driver to keep driving, but not above 50 miles per hour. Ferrari dealers will need to update the software to fix the problem.

These recalls do not represent the first time Ferrari has called in the hybrid hypercar over a potential safety issue. This past March, owners were offered the opportunity to have the fuel tanks replaced. However, unlike these latest campaigns that are being handled in coordination with the NHTSA, Ferrari insisted that the previous fuel tank issue did not constitute a recall.

UPDATE: Ferrari North America confirms that no accidents or injuries have been reported to have resulted from either of these issues, which will be addressed in other markets as well - including Canada, where a further 11 units are affected. In order to fix the seat issue, "a small insert will be added to the back of the (large size only) seat headrest." Rectifying both issues "will take approximately an hour of service."

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RECALL Subject : Headrest Impact Energy Absorbtion/FMVSS 202a
Report Receipt Date: MAY 22, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V305000
Component(s): SEATS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 85
Manufacturer: Ferrari North America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Ferrari North America, Inc. (FNA) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 LaFerrari vehicles manufactured May 15, 2014, to March 4, 2015. The affected vehicles have L32 seats as standard equipment for the passenger seat and as optional equipment for the driver seat. In a crash, the headrests of L32 seats may not absorb the required amount of energy, and thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 202a, "Head Restraints."

CONSEQUENCE:
Headrests that do not absorb the required amount of energy can increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

REMEDY:
FNA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the headrests, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2015. Owners may contact Ferrari customer service at 1-866-551-2828. Ferrari's number for this recall is 55.

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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RECALL Subject : Tire Pressure Monitoring System Message/FMVSS 138
Report Receipt Date: MAY 26, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V306000
Component(s): TIRES
Potential Number of Units Affected: 85
Manufacturer: Ferrari North America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Ferrari North America, Inc. (FNA) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 LaFerrari vehicles manufactured May 15, 2014, to March 4, 2015. In the event of a tire puncture, the affected vehicles will display the incorrect warning message of "Low Tyre Pressure-Max speed 50 mph" instead of the correct message "Low Tyre Pressure-Do not proceed." As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 138, "Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems."

CONSEQUENCE:
The incorrect message may cause the driver to continue driving on a punctured tire, causing a loss of vehicle control, and increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
FNA will notify owners, and dealers will update the tire pressure monitoring system software to give the correct reading, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2015. Owners may contact FNA customer service at 1-866-551-2828. FNA's number for this recall is 56.

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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