In our normal coverage of automotive recalls, we’ve yet to suggest you take your Bugatti Veyron to the nearest dealer for repairs. Now you should.
Bugatti is recalling 92 Veyron models in the U.S. for faulty jack plates and fuel tank sensors. On 87 cars, the aluminum plates can corrode and separate from the carbon fiber monocoque. Eventually, they might fall off “…and hit following traffic,” according to the official recall notice. That isn’t exactly a welcome prospect considering the base model’s 253-mph top speed (or in the case of the Super Sport, 268 mph). The 2006-2010 Veyron, 2010-2012 Veyron Grand Sport, and 2011-2013 Veyron Super Sport (plus any number of random special edition models in those periods) are affected. Dealers will install new plates with rivets and seal them.
What’s potentially incriminating for the Volkswagen Group is that Bugatti did nothing official for four years. According to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Bugatti found a missing jack plate during a company endurance test in September 2011, then made the fix during production in February 2012. A repair has been available “internally” since then but there was no public notice. U.S. regulations require manufacturers to report defects within five days of discovery.