An official recall, reference C24000078, has just been launched this week by Ferrari regarding a potential problem with the brakes on the Ferrari 458 and 488. The brakes are an important safety element of your Ferrari, so it is essential to find out if your Ferrari is affected, and notify owners you know who could be affected.
Which models are affected? What are the symptoms of the problem and what to do if it occurs? What exactly is this recall? We will attempt to provide you with all the information in this article, the purpose of which is to serve as a reference for the owners concerned (current and future).
What is the history of this problem?
This problem was announced in November 2021. It is a brake fluid leak.
At the time the cause was not known even if the master cylinder was suspected by Ferrari.
A potential recall campaign was then mentioned, but first Ferrari had to find the origin of the problem to offer a solution.
Example of articles that appeared in the media at the time on the subject:
Which Ferrari models are affected?
There is talk in the published articles of around 10,000 Ferrari, and even 9,985 to be precise. This is a figure to be confirmed because transmitted before the problem is fully analyzed. The affected models are:
- Ferrari 458 Italia produced between 2010 and 2015,
- Ferrari 458 Speciale produced between 2014 and 2015,
- Ferrari 458 Speciale A produced in 2015,
- Ferrari 458 Spider produced between 2012 and 2015,
- Ferrari 488 GTB produced between 2016 and 2019,
- Ferrari 488 Spider produced between 2016 and 2019.
Knowing that around 25,000 Ferrari 458s were produced, this means that not all copies are affected.
What are the symptoms of the problem?
If the brake fluid leak occurs and less than 48% of the expected volume remains, a "Brake fluid level low, go to dealer slowly" message will appear on your dashboard. The brake pedal will then not have much response.
What should I do if my Ferrari encounters this problem?
If this happens to your Ferrari, then Ferrari advises you pull over and contact Ferrari Roadside Assistance to have you towed to the nearest Ferrari dealership.
Your brake pedal should not have much response, so it is advisable to use your engine brake, or even your electric parking brake to stop your Ferrari (see message from Ferrari USA below).
How do I know if my Ferrari is affected by the recall?
Recall C24000078 was just issued this week. The parts concerned are being sent to the dealerships. For the moment, it is via your "MyFerrari App" that you will see if your vehicle is affected.
You can also enter your Ferrari's VIN here to find out if your Ferrari is affected: https://www.ferrari.com/en-EN/auto/car-part-services
We can imagine that Ferrari will then send a letter to all the owners concerned. Here is the mail already received by some owners in the United States:
We wanted to inform you that Ferrari is investigating whether a problem exists in certain Model Year 2010-2015 458 vehicles. The vehicles involved are equipped with a braking system that could potentially leak brake fluid, which may lead to a total loss of braking capability, and result in an accident. We want to assure you that your safety is our priority, and we are committed to correcting this condition in your vehicle if it exists.
Our records show that you are the owner of this vehicle. Ferrari is conducting further research to determine the root cause and possible scope of this problem. We will contact you as soon as we have further instructions for you. In the meantime, if a message appears on your dashboard, “Brake fluid level low, Go to dealer slowly”, please pull off the road as soon as it is safe to do so. Then contact Ferrari Roadside Assistance at 1.866.788.6760. Your car will be taken to the nearest authorized Ferrari dealer and inspected free of charge. If necessary, Ferrari will perform any necessary repairs to your vehicle for free.
Note: The vehicle’s electric parking brake can be used as an emergency brake when the vehicle is in motion. See your Owner’s Manual for further information.
If you have any questions, please contact your local authorized Ferrari dealer. You can find a listing of them at https://www.ferrari.com/en-US/auto/dealers
Ferrari North America, Inc.
What items are replaced during this recall?
The cause of the problem would be the brake fluid cap that would leak liquid. It will therefore be replaced. In fact, when the brake fluid heats up, the pressure rises and the current cap does not allow it to be evacuated. The tank container takes up more space and escapes. The design of the new cap should allow pressure to escape.
The reference of the new cap, now black, is 000810768.
The biggest change from the previous cap is that the cap now also consists of a transparent flexible diaphragm instead of just a solid plastic part. The black cap is clipped on.
A sticker will be placed in your owner's manual indicating that the recall has been carried out. This sticker bears the reference 079641778 (at least for the American model pictured below).
SAFE4NOW photos posted on FerrariChat.
The operation would also include erasing any stored errors related to this problem, as well as updating the software to take account of the changes made. The operation would take about two hours in all.
Have you been contacted about this recall by your dealership? Or were you able to check using the information provided in this article if your Ferrari was affected? How soon will your Ferrari be picked up? What items have been indicated to you by Ferrari as needing to be replaced? Do you need more information about this recall? If you are concerned with your Ferrari, please share your feedback with this recall in the comments.
If you liked this article, you may also like: