Defect Spurs Recall of Maserati Gran Turismo, Quattroporte

Posted on August 16, 2011

According to news sources, Italian carmaker Maserati is recalling certain models of 2009 Grand Turismo coupe and Quattroporte sedan due to issues with steering mechanism that could increase the risk of a crash.

According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the rear suspension left-side and right-side wheel alignment toe-in tie-rods may fail, due to faulty machining. If a tie-rod fails, a driver could lose control of the vehicle, raising the risk of a crash. No reports of crashed, injuries or deaths have been reported in connection with the issue.

Maserati is expected to notify car owners of the recall some time in September. Once notified, owners may take their vehicle to a dealership where mechanics will, at no cost to the consumer, replace the affected tie-rods, install a tie-rod kit, and perform a wheel alignment.

I hope that no one has been involved in a crash or been injured due to the steering mechanism issue with these two vehicles. As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I encourage owners of the affected vehicles to stay safe by having their cars repaired as soon as possible once they’ve been notified of the recall. In general keeping a vehicle in good working order is a key component of motor vehicle safety.

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