Maserati is recalling certain model year 2014 Quattroporte GTS V8 models in the U.S. over an electrical issue that could result in a fire or cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
The defect: in the affected vehicles, the battery positive cable for the alternator and starter motor may not have its insulating cap installed properly at the starter motor. Additionally, the cable may not be adequately secured in the engine bay. These factors may result in the cable shorting to ground.
The hazards: if the battery positive cable shorts to ground, the wiring harness may overheat, resulting in a fire. The car also may stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Affected vehicles: certain model year 2014 Quattroporte GTS V8 vehicles manufactured October 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Number of vehicles affected: 984.
The fix: Maserati will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle to verify that the starter motor cable has a properly installed protective cap and that the cable is adequately secured. If not, the starter motor cable assembly will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 11, 2015.
Owners should: customers looking to find out if their vehicle is included in this Maserati recall should visit this website. There, owners will be able to enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see any open recalls. If the vehicle is part of the recall, customers should take it to a Maserati dealer.
Owners can also contact Maserati customer service with questions by using the following information.
- Maserati Customer Service: 1-201-816-2600
- Maserati Recall Number: 279
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
- NHTSA Recall Number: 15V686000