2012 Lamborghini Aventador
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2012 Lamborghini Aventador recalled over headlight adjustment issues

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of 144 examples of the high performance Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 over an issue surrounding the adjustment of the projection headlight system – a problem that could lead to improper lighting in front of the Aventador for the driver or possibly shining into the eyes of other drivers in oncoming traffic.

We are in the age of automotive recalls so with rarely a day going by without a new safety bulletin posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; it should come as no surprise that once in a while one of these recalls pertains to a high end, high priced exotic sports car like the Lamborghini Aventador. While critics of the supercar market will sneer and make a comment like “for that kind of money, there shouldn’t be any recalls” but every automaker has a recall once in a while.

Luckily, this new Lamborghini Aventador recall is fairly minor in terms of the level of risk posed to the driver or others on the road.

This unusual recall pertains to the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador units sold in the United States and these models are being called back to dealers because the car does not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard #108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment”. In these Italian supercars, the HID projection headlight system can be adjusted horizontally (side to side) but not vertically (up and down).

The inability to adjust the vertical aim of the headlights could reduce visibility for the driver of the Aventador while the horizontal direction could cause the super bright Lamborghini headlights to blind other drivers coming towards them – thus increasing the chances of a crash. There are 144 units affected in the United States.

The 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 headlight recall is expected to formally begin on December 17th, at which point owners will be asked to bring their supercar to the nearest dealership where a Lamborghini technician will enable to vertical aiming of the headlights while disabling the horizontal aiming. This service will be performed free of charge and the beauty of this recall is that since it pertains to the headlights, the owner can drive the car to the dealership during the day without any concern of catastrophic failure.

Unlike the BMW M5 engine recall where the oil pump is causing massive engine failure – this new Aventador recall poses a very minor security risk but when a company offers to fix something on your $387,000 supercar, you take them up on that offer.

Owners of these 144 Lamborghini Aventador supercars can contact the company at 1-866-681-6276 or call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 in reference to Lamborghini recall number LB834-R.09.12.

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