Yes, you read that right, and if you happen to be the proud owner of an Aventador, sit down and read this article right away — but maybe not in your Aventador.
A recall was issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the Aventador SVJ Coupe. The recall includes over 220 units of the Aventador SVJ Coupe (2018-2021) manufactured between July 4, 2018, and January 15, 2021. These vehicles have a 100 percent estimated fault rate.
Due to the excessive heat, the plastic elements of the engine hood hinges may become deformed, changing the torque in the fixing screws, resulting in an unlatched hood. NHTSA explained in their report, “the hood may flip open without warning and could fully detach from the vehicle.”
When the vehicle “is in motion at high speed under strong vertical and longitudinal acceleration,” panels can be sent flying, posing a serious and potentially fatal risk to all drivers.
In January 2021, Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., the Italian luxury car manufacturer known for its supercars, obtained a report of a possible issue in France with the rear engine hood of its Aventador SVJ Coupe. Upon further investigation, a potential for the same risk on Lamborghini models ranging from 2018-2021 was uncovered. The source problem has been identified as the hood hinge design. At high speeds, the rear engine hood, “under strong vertical and longitudinal acceleration,” can fully detach, which poses an increased safety risk of crashing — besides creating an obvious road hazard in such an incident.
The NHTSA urges all owners to immediately bring their SVJ Coupe supercars back to the dealership for inspection and repairs. Authorized Lamborghini technicians will inspect your vehicle, checking for the recall. The good news: once the recall has been identified and confirmed, techs will replace the hood hinge screws with the new ones at no cost to the owner.
Whether you are out on the roads in a bright-colored supercar, a spacious mid-sized SUV, or a reliable and modestly priced sedan, defects like a malfunctioning hood or a faulty airbag can not only be unsettling but life-threatening. Owners may bring their vehicles in for a repair several times only to find the same issue keeps resurfacing. When this happens, it is frustrating to experience as costs add up, and so does the time spent on repairs.
Fortunately, California’s Lemon Law is in place to protect and defend car owners in this type of situation and give the attorneys at Conn Law, PC, the foundation to stand on. The California Lemon Law shields consumers who have purchased or leased a faulty vehicle. Our attorneys work passionately work to protect your rights as a consumer and prevent manufacturers from taking dangerous shortcuts. If you are the owner of a recalled Aventador and have experienced issues as a result of hood hinge defects, contact Conn Law, PC today at 415-417-2780 for a consultation to learn about your rights and legal options as a consumer.