Lamborghini is recalling close to $45 million dollars worth of its exotic sports cars in Australia. The recall affects 16 Lamborghini Gallardo coupe and spyder models built between 2007 and 2009, and 50 Murcielagos made between 2006 and 2010. While Australia is an island and this figure seems large, it is actually close to the size of the continental United States. Regardless, it always catches headlines when a major brand endures a recall.
The reason for the Lamborghini recall on the 66 units in Australia is a problem related to the carbon ceramic brake discs. Carbon ceramic brakes have become wildly popular in supercars due to their ability to withstand higher temperatures. In this particular case, it seems that the screws used to secure the brake rotor to the metal bell can corrode or crack in salty environments, which certainly describes Australia.
While it may not seem like a big deal, the official recall notice from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s product safety board explains the problem on its website. If a single screw is compromised, the brakes will be fine and continue to operate perfectly. But if closer to ten screws are ruined by salt corrosion, rear braking performance can be lost. That would alter stopping distance, creating the potential for an accident.
To rectify the situation smoothly, Aussie Lamborghini owners will be notified and asked to make an appointment through an authorized dealer. The repairs will take approximately day or less and Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. will absorb the costs, according to a spokesperson. Sister company Bentley is also dealing with a recall for the same reason for its Continental GT, GTC and Flying Spur units. The numbers for Bentley’s recall are unclear. Worldwide, the Lamborghini recall affects a total of 2,449 units, with 1516 Murcielagos and 933 Gallardos.
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