Image: Ferrari 458 Italia
Michael Probst  /  AP file
Ferrari says it is recalling 1,248 of its “458 Italia” supercars, shown here at the Frankfurt Auto Show last year, after reports of fires breaking out in five of the luxury vehicles.
updated 9/2/2010 2:06:47 PM ET 2010-09-02T18:06:47

Ferrari says it is recalling 1,248 of its “458 Italia” supercars after reports of fires breaking out in five of the luxury vehicles in several countries.

The Italian carmaker said Thursday it wants to replace an adhesive that in some circumstances can melt due to overheating and possibly ignite.

Fires in the car that sells for €197,000 ($253,000) have been reported in California, Switzerland, China and France.

Ferrari spokesman Stefano Lai says the company will be asking the owners of 1,248 cars produced before July 2010 to bring them in to have the glue replaced with mechanical fasteners.

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