Maserati recalls over 50,000 in total of its line of luxury vehicles on two separate occasions. The first recall involved an electrical short-circuit and the second for a fuel leak, as issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Both vehicle issues could potentially lead to fire hazards.
According to the NHTSA, approximately 39,381 models of the 2014-2017 Quattroporte, Ghibli, and Levante were part of the first recall. These luxury vehicles were manufactured between June 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2016.
The report determined that earlier-mentioned three vehicles "may have been manufactured with an incorrect seat wiring harness layout." This would lead to the seat wiring harness to rub against the metal points found on the seat or seat frame assembly.
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Autoweek reports that Maserati said in a note to its dealers: "Through normal seat adjustment operation, and over time, this can lead to an inoperative seat adjustment system, and in rare cases, a potential risk of fire due to an electrical short to ground between the seat wiring harness and the seat adjustment motor assembly."
Maserati's second recall is composed 10,897 2014-2015 Quattroporte and Ghibli of its luxury vehicles. Also, all these vehicle units could potentially contain 100% of the defect.
According to CNET, the defect in these vehicles is attributed to a fuel leakage at the fuel line quick connectors. This is due to an excessive peeling of the plastic fuel line end during the assembly process. Another cause of the leakage could be due to an insufficient cleaning of the lines during assembly.
In the first recall, Maserati will inform 2014-2017 Quattroporte, Ghibli, and Levante owners through a first-class email. In order to fix the vehicles in question, they will have to first inspect and then replace the wiring harness, when called for. The recall should start on March 21.
For the second recall, this could begin by the end of February. Owners of 2014-2015 Quattroporte and Ghibli vehicles should bring the units to their dealerships so that the affected fuel lines will be replaced, of course, free of charge.
Further, the Italian automaker has informed dealers to cease selling any of the earlier-mentioned affected units, just until the recall has commenced.
Maserati is in hot waters as these combined two separate recalls would total to over 50,000 vehicles in the United States, alone. And this is part of a growing number all over the world. Following 3 recalls last year, the Italian automaker recently recalled every model of the Levante S in the United States thanks to a transmission glitch.
This incident could potentially affect the brand's name and its reputation all the while trying to break into the luxury vehicle market. The question now is: When will all the recalls end?