Maserati Recalling Around 40,000 Vehicles on Risks of Fires

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Maserati North America Inc. is recalling at least 39,381 Quattroporte, Ghibli, and Levante vehicles after discovering two defects that could lead to fires.

Adjusting the front seats could potentially lead to electrical shorts and fires in those vehicles from model years 2014 through 2017, according to documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The company is also recalling 10,879 Quattroporte and Ghibli vehicles for the 2014 and 2015 model years that may have fuel-line leaks.

The most recent models of the vehicles have suggested retail prices ranging from $71,600 to $145,500.

Calls and emails to Maserati spokesmen weren’t immediately returned outside of normal business hours.

These are the third major recall efforts for Maserati, which is owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, in the past year.

In May, the luxury automaker recalled from China almost 20,000 Quattroporte and Ghibli models produced between 2013 and 2015 due to a problem that could affect the rear wheel, according to a statement on the website of that country’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

Two months earlier, it recalled 28,235 of the vehicles in the U.S. for floor mats that could move and become caught between accelerator pedal and vehicle carpet.

NHTSA Vehicle Safety Recalls

  • Recall Number 16V264000
    Recall Date 05/02/2016
    Component  SUSPENSION:REAR
    Summary

    Maserati North America, Inc. (Maserati) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Quattroporte and Ghibli vehicles manufactured February 1, 2013, to September 18, 2015. During the assembly process, the rear tie-rod to hub assembly attaching bolt may not have been properly tightened.

    Consequence

    An improperly tightened rear tie-rod to hub carrier assembly attaching bolt may allow the tie-rod to separate from the hub carrier, resulting in a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.

    What Owners Should Do

    Maserati will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the left and right rear tie-rod to hub carrier assembly attaching bolts to verify that they are properly tightened, replacing the rear tie-rod to hub carrier assembly as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during July 2016. Owners may contact Maserati customer service at 1-201-510-2369. Maserati’s number for this recall is 303.

  • Recall Number 16V122000
    Recall Date 03/01/2016
    Component VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:ACCELERATOR PEDAL
    Summary

    Maserati North America, Inc. (Maserati) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Quattroporte and Ghibli vehicles manufactured February 1, 2013, to November 30, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the driver-side floor mat anchor may break allowing the floor mat to move and get trapped between the accelerator pedal and the vehicle carpet.

    Consequence

    If the floor mat moves and becomes trapped between the accelerator and the vehicle carpet, it may result in very high vehicle speeds, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death.

    What Owners Should Do

    Maserati will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver-side floor mat and possibly the accelerator pedal cover, free of charge. The recall began April 29, 2016. Owners may contact Maserati customer service at 1-201-816-2600. Maserati’s number for this recall is 301. Note: These vehicles are equipped with a brake override system. In the event a pedal is trapped, pushing on the brake pedal will brake the vehicle and enable the driver to slow and stop and turn off the vehicle.

  • Recall Number 14V654000
    Recall Date 10/17/2014
    Component FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
    Summary

    Maserati North America, Inc. (Maserati) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Quattroporte, and Ghibli vehicles manufactured July 23, 2014, to August 7, 2014. The fuel delivery hoses in the vehicles may have been improperly crimped.

    Consequence

    The improper crimp can cause a fuel leak and, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.

    What Owners Should Do

    Maserati will notify owners, and dealers will replace the entire fuel delivery line, free of charge. The recall began in October 2014. Owners may contact Maserati customer service at 1-201-816-2600. Maserati’s number for this recall is 256.

  • Recall Number 16V649000
    Recall Date 09/08/2016
    Component SUSPENSION:FRONT:WHEEL BEARING
    Summary

    Maserati North America, Inc. (Maserati) is recalling certain model year 2015 Ghibli vehicles manufactured March 11, 2015, through May 14, 2015. The right and/or left front wheel bearings may have insufficient hardness, resulting in their premature failure.

    Consequence

    Wheel bearing failure may adversely affect vehicle handling, increasing the risk of a crash.

    What Owners Should Do

    Maserati will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front wheel bearings, replacing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on September 30, 2016. Owners may contact Maserati customer service at 1-201-510-2369. Maserati’s number for this recall is 310.

  • Recall Number 16V424000
    Recall Date 06/10/2016
    Component POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
    Summary

    Maserati North America, Inc. (Maserati) is recalling certain model year 2014 Quattroporte and Ghibli vehicles manufactured June 1, 2013, to February 28, 2014. The affected vehicles, equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a monostable gear selector, may mislead owners about which gear the vehicle is in and may not adequately warn the driver when driver’s door is opened and the vehicle is not in PARK, allowing them to exit the vehicle while the vehicle is still in gear.

    Consequence

    Drivers thinking that their vehicle’s transmission is in the PARK position may be struck by the vehicle and injured if they attempt to get out of the vehicle while the engine is running and the parking brake is not engaged.

    What Owners Should Do

    Maserati will notify owners, and dealers will perform a software update, free of charge. The remedy software is currently in development. Owners will be mailed an interim notification on July 1, 2016. A second notice will be mailed when the software is available. Owners may contact Maserati customer service at 1-201-510-2369. Maserati’s number for this recall is 307.

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