There's bad news for a pair of Bugatti Chiron owners in the United States because a recall affects their hypercars. According to a filing from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a heat shield for the side airbags might not have the proper installation. If the safety device deploys, "the heat generated could under certain external temperature conditions reduces the performance of the airbag," according to the Agency's report.
Key Safety Systems manufactured the affected side airbags from at a factory in Romania. According to NHTSA's chronology of the defect, Bugatti discovered the problem during a "production test of airbag deployment under high-temperature conditions." The firm found burn traces next to the airbag's gas generator. A further investigation showed that Key Safety Systems had incorrectly assembled the gas generator's heat shield.
The two affected Chiron owners in the U.S. don't really need to worry about the problem. Bugatti's Flying Doctors will contact the customers personally and will handle setting up the repairs. The fix will include shipping the seats to the factory in France for a check. Examples with faulty side airbags will go to the seat supplier for a complete repair. As with any recall, Bugatti will cover all of the repair costs.
The hypercar maker has already checked all of the seats still in its position. The company has added a green dot beneath the airbag label to denote the chair's inspection.
Safety is paramount in hypercars because if something goes wrong, it's probably going to happen at high speeds. Bugatti is currently working on an even more hardcore Chiron under the Divo moniker that could carry a gargantuan, $5.8 million asking price.
Gallery: Bugatti Chiron Sport at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
June 20, 2018 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 18V420000
Side Air Bags may not Deploy Properly/FMVSS 214If the air bag deployment performance is reduced, it can increase the risk of injury.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V420000
Components AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected 2
Bugatti is recalling certain 2018 Chiron vehicles. The heat shield for the gas generator for the side air bags may have been incorrectly installed during the air bag manufacturing process, potentially reducing the performance of the air bag. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 214, "Side Impact Protection."
Bugatti will notify owners, and dealers will remove the affected seats to repair or replace them, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 20, 2018. Owners may contact Bugatti customer service at 1-805-557-1050.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
1 Affected Product Vehicle