Multiple withdrawals from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration affect serious issues fixing issues that could result in driver injury or death. This is not one of them. NHTSA issues a recall for one Bugatti Chiron in the US to tighten loose screws.
If you own a Chiron with an assembly date of November 16, 2017, be prepared to take your hypercar to the dealer. Bugatti reports to NHTSA that mounting one of the two screws securing the front frame support has a torque rating of 9 Newton-meters (6.64 lb-ft), rather than the recommended minimum of 19 Nm (14.01 lb-ft).
According to the chronology that led to the discovery of this problem, Bugatti discovered on March 3, 2022, that the torque wrench gave no indication that the affected screw was not reaching the minimum required amount of torque. The automaker began an internal investigation that day by analyzing a “screw connection database” for the entire production Chiron. On March 21, the company decided this car needed to be recalled.
Bugatti will handle transporting this Chiron to the nearest authorized repair shop. The technicians there will check the torque of the screws and will tighten them to the correct specifications.
Bugatti now has a complete order book for the Chiron to cover its entire 500-car production. The final deliveries won’t happen until 2024 if everything goes according to the automaker’s schedule. The last units to come out of the factory are the Pur Sport and Super Sport variants. In fact, Bugatti just delivered the first Super Sport to customers in April 2022, despite launching a version in 2021.
The supercar manufacturer is now preparing to introduce a successor to the Chiron. This is the first new Bugatti to arrive after the company’s merger with Rimac. One of the big changes is the intention to hybridize the powertrain. For now, the components of the combustion engine are still a mystery.
Bugatti plans to show the Chiron successor to wealthy customers this year to start collecting orders for the new model. We’ll all have to wait until 2024 to see the new hypercar.