Ferrari recalls £200,000 cars - because you could get trapped in the boot

Escape is impossible from the boot of these £200,000 cars, which apparently 'increases risk of injury or possibly death'.

by Adam Gale
Last Updated: 25 Sep 2014

Getting stuck in the boot of an expensive sports car can happen to the best of us. You could be rummaging inside for the first aid kit, playing hide and seek or just getting kidnapped by the Cosa Nostra.

However you end up there, getting out shouldn’t be too taxing, thanks to a US law which mandates an easy escape route for the hapless ‘passenger’. But watch out if you end up in a £200,000 Ferrari F458 Italia or F458 Spider. The Italian carmaker has issued a recall notice in the States because of a non-compliant latch, which means it cannot be opened from inside the boot.

‘In the event an individual is trapped in the trunk and the latch system does not release the trunk lid,’ Ferrari warned, ‘it increases the risk of personal injury or possibly death.’

Ferrari has recalled 3,082 vehicles, requesting owners take them to a garage for a free fix.

The recall is unlikely to give the Italian company a serious headache. It’s been booming of late, recording revenues of €1.348bn (£1.05bn) in the first half of 2014 to June 30th, 14.5% up on the same period in 2013. Trading profits, meanwhile, rose 5.2% to €185m.

So while it's embarrassing, it seems unlikely that losing business from the nefarious sorts who like having an inescapable boot will affect their results for the rest of the year.

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