Recall roundup: Lamborghini Gallardo and Honda Element

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Some Lambo Gallardos are facing a rare recall. Image: Ellesmere FNC/Flickr/CC BY

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Italian super-car maker Lamborghini will recall just under 1,500 of its Gallardo and Spyder models for an issue that could cause a power steering fluid leak and lead to an engine fire in extreme cases. Meanwhile, Honda is calling back some Elements for wiring issues.

Recall follows unfortunate series of events

Lamborghini says that about 1,491 Gallardo coupes and Spyder convertibles from the model years 2004, 2005 and 2006 might develop high-pressure power steering fluid leaks near the steering assistance pump if a Rube Goldberg-like series of events happen first.

The automaker says that “thermal stress” could cause a “chlorine release from the high-pressure pipe surface.” If water is also present, says Lamborghini, the “could create a corrosive chemical compound that might damage the external metallic protection of the high-pressure pipe.” That corrosion could lead to a power steering fluid leak, spraying the flammable oil inside the hot engine compartment, and maybe catching on fire.

Likely not a quality control issue

Torque News speculates that the problem is likely one caused by wear and tear over years of use, and not indicative of any quality lapse in the hand-built, coveted sports cars. It was detected during a routine in-house testing regimen, and no fires, accidents or injuries are know to have occurred from the issue.

According to Torque News, the automaker has already started mailing out letters to the owners of the affected cars. While no specific fix is mentioned, the letter urges owners to take their vehicles to a Lamborghini dealership so that a certified technician may “update the power steering system.” It is likely, speculates Torque News, that the fix will entail replacing “the power steering hose in question and perhaps [adding] a fastener on the pump side of the system.”

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Honda Element giving mixed signals

Meanwhile, in a separate action, the NHTSA has announced that Honda is recalling some of its Element compact crossover SUVs from the model years 2007 through 2011. The recall only affects those with trailer hitch add-ons, however. According to Honda’s filing, the turn signals and the stop lamp wires may have been switched. That could certainly get somebody hauling a trailer a ticket. In a worst-case scenario, it could confuse another driver on the road and contribute to an accident.

Owners of the affected Elements will be notified nationwide by Honda, Austin to Syracuse, on or around Sept. 20.


Torque News
The Car Connection
New York Times

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