The Problem: After being disengaged, the secondary hood latch may not properly reengage. So if the primary hood latch is inadvertently released, the front hood could open while the vehicle is in motion, severely hindering visibility and increasing the risk of a crash. (Later examples are already fitted with the new latch.)
Injuries/Deaths: Only one incident was reported wherein the hood opened while the vehicle was in motion.
The fix: McLaren dealers will install a redesigned hood latch starting this month. The remedy is only expected to take a technician half an hour to complete.
If you own one: First of all, you're a very fortunate individual. As relates to the recall, you can expect to hear from the manufacturer to bring your P1 into one of the 18 McLaren dealers across the country to have the repair work carried out.
Report Receipt Date: DEC 11, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V836000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 122
Manufacturer: McLaren Automotive Incorporated
McLaren Automotive Incorporated (McLaren) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 P1 hybrid vehicles manufactured March 1, 2013, to October 31, 2015. The affected vehicles have a secondary hood latch that may not properly re-engage. As a result, if the primary latch is released inadvertently, the hood may open while the vehicle is moving. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 113, "Hood Latch System."
If the hood opens while driving it may increase the risk of a crash.
McLaren will notify owners, and dealers will replace the hood latch with a newly-designed latch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2016. Owners may contact McLaren customer service at 1-646-429-8916.
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.