You might have heard there’s a recall of the McLaren Senna, so what does this mean and does it affect mine? The short answer is no, but it’s not quite that simple! After a few high profile incidents, let me explain what this means, how recalls work, and talk about some of the running costs of the Senna along the way.
So what’s the situation? The NHTSA in the United States have announced a recall of 2,763 McLaren cars including 2,008 720S, 373 570GT, 225 GT and 157 Sennas. This recall has made news at this time in particular off the back of a few high profile incidents however those are not connected to this specific action. In this case it is a foam pad beneath the fuel tank that could potentially retain moisture that over time might corrode the tank which runs a fire risk. This has only been found in two vehicles, a 570GT in Latvia (ex-press car) and another 570GT in the UK, this has never affected a McLaren Senna to date.
However, there’s also a lot of confusion about recalls in general; these are totally regular procedures for all cars that are normally undertaken during routine servicing. You will find these across the board for all types and values of cars even years after production but of course they always grab the headlines if it involves a more exciting car, in this case the Senna. More relevantly to the topic, the Sennas had a recall last summer off the back of the known incidents to replace the wiring harness and its proximity to hot components, however it was not so publicly documented at the time and as such creating the confusion for this new recall.
Hopefully this video will give a bit more clarification about recalls, and this one in particular that impacts the Senna. Of course the recall might be extended globally, if it hasn’t already been done behind the scenes during servicing.
Along the way though, let’s run over a few more of the running costs involved in a car like this. While the service itself is not dramatically more than a 720S, when it comes to insurance with the value, and some of the replacement parts… that’s a different story.
Thanks for watching, Tim