Bugatti Recalls the Chiron… for Dodgy Welding?

Automotive News 8 December 9, 2017 by

No matter what vehicle you own there’s always a chance of a recall. Whether it’s airbags from Toyota or crash protection from BMW, these issues can creep up anywhere.

Nevertheless, Bugatti owners would probably feel secure in the knowledge that the stringent checks for each car would keep them safe from the dreaded recall notice. Guess again, guys.

That’s right, one of the world’s most expensive cars, the Bugatti Chiron, is at the center of a new recall announcement.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Chiron suffers from improperly welded reclining seat brackets. These may break if the occupant shifts weight suddenly. Or worse, they could break during a collision, resulting in chaos rather than keeping the driver secure.


Bugatti suggests that up to 47 cars might have the faulty part. Given that each Chiron takes six months to make and Bugatti only started deliveries in March, we reckon that’s pretty much all of them. On a car with such an emphasis on attention to detail, it’s a bit of a surprise that a dodgy weld on a safety critical component can sneak through.

Bugatti plans to start contacting owners on December 11th about their potentially hazardous cars. It will also send out concierge technicians to check over the cars, and take care of shipping any affected vehicles to the local Bugatti service center.

We don’t know who does the welding at Molsheim, but we suspect they’ll be out of a job soon…

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