Ferrari recalls 458 Italia cars

Reports of a manufacturing defect causing a number of Ferrari 458 Italia cars to burst into flames have forced the company to recall the models made this year.

According to the Italian firm, the problem is related to adhesive used in the wheel-arch assemblies.

Ferrari engineers are currently looking into five reports of "thermal incidents". The recall involves over 1,200 cars, the company added.

The Ferrari 458 Italia is a mid-engined sports car, which costs about £170,000.

Incidents of the supercars catching fire were reported in areas including California, Paris, Switzerland and China.

Describing the design fault, Ferrari said in some cases the glue might start to overheat, smoke and even catch fire.

Meanwhile in extreme cases, due to the melting of the adhesive the heat shield could deform and go closer to the exhaust - resulting in fire.

The firm also said a few owners who first reported the fires will get a new model, while others will get their vehicles modified.

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