Ferrari said its engineers had flown around the globe to investigate five reports of “thermal incidents.” As a result of this, it will be asking the owners of more than 1,200 of the supercars to bring them in for modification work.
Ferrari said the problem had been traced to adhesive used in the wheel-arch assemblies. According to a spokesman, in specified circumstances, the glue can start to overheat, smoke and even catch fire. However in extreme cases, the melting of the adhesive can lead the heat shield, which is the liner that protects the engine, to deform and move closer to the exhaust, and in the end causing the lining to catch fire.
The 458 Italia cars typically costs about $260,000 (£170,000). There were reported thermal incidents in California, Paris, Switzerland, China and one other unnamed location.
The company also said the owners who first reported the fires will now receive a new model. While for the rest of the owners, their cars will be modified to replace the adhesive with mechanical fasteners.
Ferrari has launched an investigation last month after pictures proposing to show 458 models on fire or burnt out emerged.