In a rare move, Maserati North America announced that they will be recalling both vehicles in their lineup. More specifically, the 2005 – 2008 Quattroporte sedan, as well as the 2008 Granturismo coupe are being recalled for possible defective rear tie rod assemblies. Although the 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C is being recalled as well, this vehicle is not sold in the United States. Maserati, nor its parent company Fiat, has released the exact number of vehicles being recalled.
It is believed that the assemblies may not have had the proper amount of anti-corrosion material applied to them. Over time, this may allow them to weaken, and ultimately fail, increasing the risk of the vehicle being involved in an accident. A similar issue affected the Toyota RAV4 last year, although the Japanese automaker has yet to come up with a solution.
As of this writing, the Italian automaker has not reported any accidents or injuries.
In any event, Maserati is expected to begin to contact the registered owners of the vehicles, in order to have them deliver the vehicles to the dealership, where the rear tie rod assemblies will be replaced at no charge. The recall is expected to commence by the end of June 2013. If you feel that your vehicle may be involved, you may contact your local Maserati dealership.
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