According to a press release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Thursday, luxury Italian automaker Maserati is recalling nearly 1,800 2008-2010 Granturismo models. The recall affects both the coupe and convertible versions of the car, and comes in response to a possible defect in the tail and brake lights.
Defect could cauce lights to fail
Maserati began an investigation into the rear lights of the model after receiving an inordinate amount of service warranty claims. A lamp assembly defect was discovered that could cause the tail and brake lights to fail. That failure could cause decreased vehicle visibility and possibly contribute to a collision. The defect was incurred during the manufacturing of the tail light assembly, Maserati North America, Inc., said.
Recall campaign in February
The recall affects 1,768 Granturismos built between June 2008 to March 2010. Maserati says it will notify the affected owners in February. The company will inspect and, if need be, replace the tail light assemblies at local Maserati repair centers. There will be no charge to the owners, of course.
Who to contact
Owners who think they may have been affected but have not, as yet, been notified, are urged to contact the automaker. Maserati can be reached at 1-201-816-2600. Maserati’s safety recall number is 198.
Or owners can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA can be reached at 1-888-327-4236 , or at http://www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA’s campaign number is 12V024000.
Recall affects a quarter of cars sold
TorqueNews pointed out that the recall represents nearly 25 percent of all the cars Maserati sold between 2008 and 2011. The high-end Italian automaker sold around 8,000 units between those years.
From 0 to 62 in 4.8 seconds
The luxury automaker debuted the 2+2 coupe Granturismo in 2007. Built on the same chassis as Maserati’s Quattroporte V, it comes standard with a 4.2 liter V8 engine and a six-speed transmission. The sports car car brags of a top speed of 183 mph, and can go from zero to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds.
Not the first recall in past year
Generally selling from $123,000 to $142,000, depending on model and locale, the Maserati recall may come as a surprise to some disgruntled owners. A car buyer spending that much money expects all the bugs to be worked out. And yet, it was not the first Maserati recall in the past year. Approximately 800 Quattroporte and Granturismo 2009 models were recalled in 2011 over issues involving a faulty toe-in-tie rod in the rear suspension.