Maserati has recalled more than 26,000 vehicles over a loose bolt that could cause the rear tires to oversteer under extreme driving conditions and increase the likelihood of a crash. NHTSA said in a recall notice recently posted online that Maserati North America Inc. is recalling certain 2014-2016 Quattroporte and Ghibli vehicles because the attaching bolt on the rear tie-rod to hub assembly might not have been properly tightened during the assembly process. The bolt could lessen its clamping force over time and result in noise emanating from the rear of the car while it’s being driven, according to NHTSA. Eventually, the piece could fail and the tie-rod and hub carrier assembly could separate, resulting in a condition in which the vehicle pulls to one side from the rear that could increase the risk of a crash.
To fix the problem, NHTSA said Maserati will inspect vehicles starting on July 1 to ensure the bolt is properly tightened. In the event that it’s loose, the automaker will replace the rear tie-rod to hub carrier assembly at no charge to customers. In documents filed with the recall, Maserati said it wasn’t aware of any accidents or injuries that could be related to this issue as of late April. The automaker opened an investigation into the problem in July 2014 after receiving four field claims about excessive noise when certain vehicles were being driven, according to the documents. Maserati pinned the problem on a possible torque process failure and thought it had solved the problem, but an additional eight field claims were reported after it modified its torque procedure, prompting the automaker to reopen its internal investigation early last year.
All affected customers will be notified of the problem by first-class mail and be advised to schedule an appointment to have their vehicles repaired. Maserati expects it could take up to a day to fix the vehicle, but noted that the repair will be free of charge.
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