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Bugatti recalls £2.1m Chiron supercars over seat fault

French carmaker will send ‘flying doctor’ technicians to owners’ homes to assess affected cars

Bugatti has issued a recall on its £2.1m Chiron hypercar after discovering a fault with the seating welding. 

However, unlike conventional vehicle recalls, where buyers are asked to drive their car to a nearby garage for repairs, Bugatti will send “flying doctor” technicians to the homes of each of the total 47 Chiron owners as part of its concierge service, reports Bloomberg.

The assessment will then be followed a personal phone call to the owner, says the news site. If the inspector finds a fault, the French carmaker will collect the vehicle from the buyer and transports it to one of its dealers to carry out the repair. 

According to The Sun, Bugatti will replace the entire seat assembly, rather than simply rewelding the defective parts.

Although the issue may sound relatively small, says Road and Track, the fix is vital, as “you wouldn’t want anything going wrong with your seat in a car that has a limited top speed of 261mph.”

The Chiron isn’t the first multimillion pound car to require a recall, adds the US-based magazine: last year the Italian carmaker Pagani was forced to replace the airbag assembly in its Huayra hypercar.

And Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg had to recall the only example of its Agera model in the US, over a tire pressure gauge fault, back in 2014. 

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