Bad news if you’re one of the lucky owners of a Ferrari LaFerrari: The Italian hypercar is subject to a new recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Ferrari want to recall the LaFerrari because the warning message for its tire-pressure monitoring system is incorrect.
If a tire is underinflated in the Ferrari LaFerrari, the car’s instruments will warn, “Low Tire Press-Max speed 50 mph,” instead of, “Low Tire Pressure-Do not proceed” warning. The original message was intended for use only with run-flat tires, but the LaFerrari isn’t equipped with run-flats in the U.S. Driving on a deflated tire could affect the LaFerrari’s handling and potentially cause a crash.
The recall affects the 85 Ferrari LaFerrari models sold in the U.S. that were produced between May 2014 and March 2015. Worldwide, Ferrari sold just 499 copies of its hybrid hypercar.
The Ferrari LaFerrari uses a 6.3-liter V-12 engine in combination with an electric motor and lithium-ion batteries. The V-12 alone produces 789 hp and 517 lb-ft of torque, while the electric motor can add 161 hp and 199 lb-ft. When the gasoline engine and electric motor work together, they produce a combined 950 hp and 716 lb-ft of torque — enough to shoot the LaFerrari to 60 mph in a claimed 2.9 seconds. In other words, it’s critically important to make sure your tires are properly inflated before unleashing the car’s power.