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Hot, Hot, Hot! Ferrari 458 On Fire Again

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On: Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 3:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

Hot, Hot, Hot! Ferrari 458 On Fire Again

After a two and a half month hiatus and an investigation leading to recall, the worldwide Ferrari 458 fire-fest is back on. A 458 recently caught fire in Sao Paulo, Brazil, casting some question on the efficacy of Ferrari's 458 recall.

In early September, Ferrari concluded an investigation into a rash of 458 fires that had plagued the new model since shortly after it became available. At that time, there were four highly publicized 458 fires in just a few short months, each occurring in a different country. The fires had occurred in Switzerland, California, Paris and China. Maranello concluded that the fires were a result of the adhesive used on the rear wheel arches. At extreme speeds and temperatures, the adhesive would heat up, melt and potentially catch fire.

Ferrari explained to the media at the time: "When the car is driven to high exhaust temperatures, in hot ambient temperatures, the adhesive used in the wheelarch assemblies can overheat and allow the rear wheel housing heat shields to move around. In extreme cases, the glue can begin to smoke and even catch fire."

The company recalled more than 1,000 458 models and it looked like the fire issue was behind them.

Until this week. Another 458 caught fire while driving down the highway in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as reported by WreckedExotics.com, a site that follows such incidents closely. There isn't much hard information on the incident as of yet, and it's not clear if the 458 involved was repaired as a part of the recall or manufactured thereafter. It is the first reported 458 fire since the recall, and if it turns out that it was "repaired," Ferrari is sure to face heavy scrutiny. From the picture, it appears that the fire originated in the rear, like the other 458 fires.

If there's one thing that you don't want to happen to your brand new $250,000 Ferrari, it's to have to watch it burn to the ground. On the plus side, Ferrari did agree to replace the models that had burned as part of its recall.

We hope to have more as the story unfolds.

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