Save a thought for Ferrari. Not the F1 team, which repeatedly grabs defeat from the clutches of victory as rival Red Bull runs away with the championships, but the road car division, which is in the process of recalling almost every car it has sold since 2005.
The problem is the brake fluid reservoir cap. It’s designed to relieve pressure when needed, but obviously that design isn’t all that hot. Bleeding can sometimes fail, creating a vacuum, possibly resulting in brake fluid leakage. And if you don’t have brake fluid in your brake lines, you can’t slow down or stop (without hitting something big and solid).
The solution is therefore quite simple: a new brake fluid reservoir cap and a software patch that lets a driver know if their brake fluid reservoir is low. (Should this happen, Ferrari says to stop immediately and have the car towed.)
The company thinks only about one percent of cars are actually affected, but caution requires all of them to be replaced. That’s about 23,555 cars in the US, starting with 612 Scagliettis built in early 2004. In fact, the only Ferraris to be exempt are the 575M Maranello, 599 GTB, SF90 and the new 296 hybrid.
Owners should be informed by Ferrari at the end of September about when to bring their cars in for repair.