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Recall: Lamborghini Gallardo for Fire Risk

Certain 2004 through 2006 models can leak steering fluid onto hot engine components.

By Clifford Atiyeh Sep 13, 2012 8:22AM
2004 Lamborghini Gallardo (c) LamborghiniLamborghini is recalling 1,491 Gallardo Coupe and Spyder models to fix pipes that could leak power-steering fluid onto a hot engine and cause a fire.

Under hard driving, high-pressure pipes near the hydraulic steering pump can emit chlorine, which can then react with water to eat away part of the metal pipe, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Leaking fluid could then result in a fire. Gallardo models from 2004, the first model year, through 2006 are affected. In its filings, Lamborghini included Gallardo models built through April 2008, but for some reason it did not specify models from the 2007, 2008 or 2009 model years in the recall.

Lamborghini did not say specifically what it would fix, only that it would "update" the power-steering system. Affected owners have already been notified.

Over the Gallardo's entire nine-year production run, NHTSA has collected four owner complaints, three of which resulted in fires on 2004 and 2006 model-year cars when refueling or driving. Problems with many more Gallardos have been documented on owner forums and in media reports, which show photos and video of the cars either engulfed in flames on the roadside or their frames burnt to the ground.

Lamborghini, which could not be reached for comment, told NHTSA that "there have been no claim of fires, accidents or injury" related to this current recall.

It is rare, but not uncommon, for hand-built Italian supercars to spontaneously catch fire; there are just as many photos of Ferraris on the roadside with massive flames, including the company's new FF. In 2010, Ferrari had to recall its 458 Italia for glue underneath the rear fenders that could ignite from the engine's excessive heat.

[Source: NHTSA]

Sep 22, 2012 2:38PM

This sucks, now I'm gonna have to take my old 2011 Ferrari to my high school reunion instead

of my 2012 Gallardo. Damn Lamborghini for putting me into this uncomfortable position.

Sep 22, 2012 4:03PM
Thank God this made MSN's front page.  It effects a whopping .0001% of the population.   I would think  the good folks at Lamborghini could have a secretary make a phone call to all the owners of the models effected in about 2-3 hours tops.  
Sep 22, 2012 1:34PM

If it has Tit's or Wheels it will give you problems.

Sep 22, 2012 4:26PM
Considering that most of us take the reliability of our cars for granted, it is easy to forget that an automobile is in fact one of the most intricate machines on Earth, and high-end vehicles even more so. A lesson in physics that the more complex a system becomes, the greater the chance for failure within that system.
Sep 22, 2012 8:02PM
If you keep it at over 200 mph it will blow the fire out.
Sep 22, 2012 2:27PM
I want the car, i will take the risk.
Sep 22, 2012 2:22PM
It is rare, but not uncommon, for hand-built Italian supercars to spontaneously catch fire;
Really??? Did they really write the above statement in this article? If it was rare, it would be uncommon. If it were not uncommon, it would definitely not be rare... Weird...
Sep 22, 2012 11:05AM
Sep 22, 2012 1:51PM
After reading MOST of the post on this story all i can say is...I'll keep driving my fords ...LMAO
Sep 22, 2012 10:41AM
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