By on January 2, 2018

Ghibli S Gran Lusso MY2018

Maserati of North America is recalling over 1,000 of its newest luxury sedans to repair fuel lines that pose an engine fire risk. It’s not exactly what you’d want to hear when discussing your fresh, six-figure status symbol, but the automaker appears to be addressing the problem right out of the gate. According to the manufacturer, the vehicles haven’t even been delivered to the customers yet.

The affected vehicles include Maserati’s 2018 Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans. Both models suffer from a potentially weepy fuel line in the engine compartment that could leak gasoline exactly where you don’t want it. As customers have yet to take delivery, the units will have to be repaired prior to being picked up. 

In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall report, the faulty component is from supplier SumiRiko Italy SpA and encompasses all 1,406 of the vehicles manufactured from July 24th through December 14th — when the problem was finally identified.

“The suspect vehicles may experience a fuel leakage, at the quick connectors, within the engine compartment and underfloor of vehicle connectors,” read the NHTSA document. “This is due to an excessive peeling of the plastic fuel line end, during the preliminary phase, before the fuel line quick connector is assembled onto the line.”

Presumably, no Maserati owners will have to deal with the issue firsthand. However, a engine warning light should illuminate if the probablem were to arise on any unit that somehow escaped repairs. If you just so happen to own one of these vehicles and notice the alert, it would be advisable to take it in right away.

Maserati will be happy to remedy the situation free of charge and stated that it will be issuing customer notification letters by mail, regardless of if the repairs take place before an owner takes delivery or not.

[Source: Bloomberg] [Image: Maserati]

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8 Comments on “Maserati Recalling Brand New Sedans Over Fire Risk...”


  • avatar
    Add Lightness

    “a engine warning light should illuminate if the probablem were to arise on any unit that somehow escaped repairs.”

    How does that work?
    Is there a sensor to detect fuel leaks? Unless the leak is very major, there would still be normal fuel pressure.

  • avatar
    stingray65

    An exotic Italian vehicle with a fire problem? – must be the first time that has ever happened. Perhaps it is some sort of self-scrapping mechanism to help meet environmental regulations.

  • avatar
    ClutchCarGo

    “Both models suffer from a potentially weepy fuel line in the engine compartment that could leak gasoline exactly where you don’t want it.”

    Is there really a place to leak fuel that ISN’T where you don’t want it?

  • avatar
    IBx1

    “an engine warning light should illuminate if the probablem were to arise on any unit that somehow escaped repairs.”

    The term you’re looking for is “pilot light.”

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    This is the sort of thing EV drivers don’t have to worry about.

    • 0 avatar
      stingray65

      Yes, EV owners only need to be concerned about exploding batteries.

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        @singray65: “Yes, EV owners only need to be concerned about exploding batteries.”

        Really? The article was about vehicles in a non-accident situation. I haven’t read any articles recently about EVs with exploding batteries outside of cars involved in accidents. Maybe you have since you seem to be totally obsessed with EVs. I do worry about the batteries in the robots I work with and take a lot of precautions, but I don’t worry about my car. It seems to be fine. My gas cars are another story. Especially the vintage ones.

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