Lamborghini Gallardo recalled for power steering fire risks
In select 2004, 2005 and 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo Coupes and Spyders, it seems that there is a high pressure power steering line that could begin to leak near the steering assistance pump under certain driving situations. When that happens, the highly pressurized power steering could spray onto something to ignite the fluid, which is quite flammable. Once the flammable power steering fluid has been spread around and set on fire – the results could obviously be devastating for the Italian supercar. In total, Lamborghini and the NHTSA believe that 1,491 examples of the Gallardo could be affected by this problem.
Lamborghini has already begun sending out letters to the owners of these 2004-2006 Lamborghini Gallardo Coupes and Spyders, instructing them to return to their nearest Lamborghini dealership where a certified technician will “update the power steering system” – most likely by adding new or redesigned high pressure power steering fluid hoses – free of charge. Luckily, since Lamborghini recalls are so rare, I would expect that your local Lambo dealership will be able to get your Gallardo in and out quickly in the event that you are reading this because you are fortunate enough to own one of these incredible Italian sports cars. Lamborghini hasn’t gone into much detail as to the exact cause or the fix for this problem but the brief description on the NHTSA website would lead me to believe that the dealership will replace the power steering hose in question and perhaps a fastener on the pump side of the system.
While hand built, high priced supercars like the Lamborghini Gallardo are less likely to announce recalls; these exotic models are subject to the same safety measures as the rest of the cars on the road in the United States. This recall sounds like it is a problem with an aging component more than an actual quality control issue with the Gallardo itself but with an increased risk of fire in the presence of this power steering leak – Lamborghini is helping to insure a pleasant ownership experience by preventing any Gallardo’s from being flambéed due to this issue.