While most of us are forced to stay indoors these days/weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, some Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Coupe and Roadster owners could find themselves trapped in their expensive cars.
In the NHTSA’s Description of the Defect, “a non-properly trained new operator” is blamed for the issue that has led to the recall of 26 supercars, made between December 3, 2019, and January 22, 2020, out of which 40 percent are estimated to have the defect.
What happened is the new guy “may have not correctly engaged the bowden cable pin inside the internal door handles”, which could fail over time, preventing the doors to be unlocked from the inside.
The possible entrapment is a risk in case of an emergency, and drivers won’t be warned prior to the malfunctioning of the part. Nonetheless, those who will find themselves in this position can still free themselves without having to break the window, by simply using the exterior handles, which feature a different component.
The defect was discovered during internal quality checks at the beginning of the year, as Lamborghini verified a few cases of non-operative internal door handles. They launched an investigation to determine the cause and earlier this month, they decided to announce a safety recall. Authorized dealers will be informed of the issue on April 24, and owners should hear from Lambo between May 1 and June 1.
Technicians will replace the internal door handle, and the new components “have guaranteed correct engagement of the bowden cable pin”, the automaker noted.
For further questions they may have on the topic, owners of the affected Aventador SVJ and Aventador SVJ Roadster can contact Lamborghini at 1-866-681-6276, using the L73X-R.02.20 reference number, or the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.