Maserati Recalling Brand New Sedans Over Fire Risk

maserati recalling brand new sedans over fire risk

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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  • IBx1 IBx1 on Jan 02, 2018

    “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."

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Jan 02, 2018

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

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    • Mcs Mcs on Jan 03, 2018

      @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.

  • Bryan Raab Davis I actually did use the P of D trope, but it was only gentle chiding, for I love old British cars of every sort.
  • ScarecrowRepair The 1907 Panic had several causes of increased demand for money:[list][*]The semi-annual shift of money between farms and cities (to buy for planting and selling harvests)[/*][*]Britain and Germany borrowing for their naval arms race[/*][*]San Francisco reconstruction borrowing after the 1906 earthquake and fire[/*][/list]Two things made it worse:[list][*]Idiotic bans on branch banking, which prevented urban, rural, and other state branches from shifting funds to match demands. This same problem made the Great Depression far worse. Canada, which allowed branch banking, had no bank failures; the US had 9000 failures.[/*][*]Idiotic reserve requirements left over from the Civil War which prevented banks from loaning money; they eventually started honoring IOUs illegally and started the recovery.[/*][/list]Been a while since I read up on it, so I may have some of the details wrong. But it was an amazing clusterfart which could have been avoided or at least tamed sooner if states and the feds hadn't been so ham handed.
  • FreedMike Maybe this explains all the “Idiots wrecking exotic cars” YouTube videos.
  • FreedMike Good article! And I salute the author for not using the classic “Lucas - prince of darkness” trope, well earned as it may be. We all know the rap on BL cars, but on the flip side, they’re apparently pretty easy to work on (at least that’s the impression I’ve picked up). On the other hand, check the panel fits on the driver’s and passenger’s doors. Clearly, BL wasn’t much concerned with things like structural integrity when it chopped the roof off a car designed as a coupe.
  • Mongo312 Had an 89SE, 92SE and an 03SE all with stick. The 03 took almost 3 months to find because there were so few produced with a manual transmission and dealers didn't want to give them up. Ended up buying one from a dealership in San Antonio and having it shipped here to St Louis.
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