For any car owner, automotive recalls are usually an infrequent regularity, the same generally applies to Maserati recalls. Several times a year, you will see it is announced on the media that one auto company or another has made a large scale recall for one thing or another. In the last decade, one of the biggest recalls, in automotive history, was the Takata Airbag issue. This affected 34 million vehicles in the US alone and many millions more worldwide. This also affected some models of the Maserati, as well.
Big & Small
Whereas some major motoring giants, like Ford, Toyota or GM, have had mechanical failings which need to be corrected, causing millions of automobiles to be returned to their nearest dealership for adjustment. Luxury brands are no different.
Ferrari have had to recall over 3 million F458s in the US while Aston Martin have had to recall most of their models, at one time or another, though on a smaller scale than the Prancing Horse. Both of the highly reliable German autobahn cruisers, Mercedes-Benz & BMW, have both had to make multiple recalls to millions of vehicles to correct faults on them.
So, Maserati recalls are nothing unusual within the automotive industry. Of course, this refers to specific design flaws they have discovered which have been installed on every car, that rolls off the line, and needs to be corrected before any risk of danger becomes apparent. This does not cover any reliability issues that might crop up from to time.
These exotic and handmade vehicles are prone to having problems with reliable parts that have been installed incorrectly. Whether your model of the trident is brand new or a CPO (Certified Pre-Owned) make sure your Maserati is fully inspected and covered with a warranty.
Don’t Be a One in Four
But how do you know if your stylish Italian sedan or grand tourer has any underlying issues which needs immediate attention? On the Kelley Blue Book website, it states that it is quite usual for 25% of these recalls will not be completed. One-in-four owners fail to take heed of these important notices which means 25% of these cars are still on the roads with some serious issues awaiting them. Some of the problems are very critical, causing loss of control of the vehicle and possible fire risks.
Find Your VIN
Make sure you are not one of these oblivious owners by conducting your own Maserati VIN check. By checking your individual Vehicle Identification Number, you will be able to see immediately if any recalls pertain to your car and then refer to your service history to see if this has been completed yet or not?
The VIN is a 17 digit alpha-numeric serial number unique to each vehicle by manufacturer, make, model and year. Decoding the number will tell you where the car was built, what year, what automotive features are included and more. Put together, the VIN creates a history about your Maserati.
The VIN will either be in your car’s documentation or situated on the vehicle itself. The Maserati VIN number location is not standard, unfortunately, but is located in several places. The VIN can be found in the door jamb (driver or passenger), under the windshield on the driver’s side, near the firewall of the vehicle, on the steering column or, possibly, in various locations under the hood.
What’s in the VIN?
The first digit identifies the country where it was built. USA is either 1 or 4 while some countries are referred to by a letter (e.g., Japan – J). To begin with, find the model year for your car. Then, with the rest of the serial number, match this to one of the corresponding fields that will specify your vehicle. For more information about the VIN, please go to: https://vehicleidentificationnumber.com/vin-decoder/maserati-car.html
Once you have found your Maserati VIN, check it on the official Maserati website here, Maserati Recalls by Vin.
Here it will advise you whether your vehicle has been identified to have urgent alterations.
The Maserati Recalls
Let us now take a look at some of the more recent Maserati recalls that have come about. The main issues that have been identified, over the last few years, have been to do with fire risks in the front seat adjuster and fuel lines, confusing gear shifters that show the car is in ‘Park’ but it isn’t and bolts in the rear tie-rod assembly.
The biggest individual Maserati recalls involved over 39,000 vehicles, which included the 2014 -2017 models of the Quattroporte and the Ghibli, as well as the 2017 Levante. There was a possibility of an electrical short occurring in the wiring when adjusting the front seats.
Also in 2017, more Maserati recalls for almost 11,000 sedans of the 2014-15 Quattroporte and Ghibli. This was due to a possible fire risk from faulty fuel lines which needed to be replaced.
In 2016, more Maserati recalls for the Quattroporte and the Ghibli as over 28,000 models had to be returned due to the driver’s side floor mat anchor could break. This could lead to the mat moving under the accelerator and the carpet. This was being resolved by replacing the floor mat and the accelerator cover, if needed.
Another from 2016, involved the Quattroporte and Ghibli again, with Maserati recalls for 13,000 cars. This serious issue, involved the vehicles that had the 8-speed automatic transmissions and a monostable gear selector. The driver might think the vehicle is in “park” but it is in another gear instead. If the driver attempts to exit the vehicle during this time it could lead to a serious accident. The remedy to fix this issue is a software update.
Older models of the Quattroporte and the GranTurismo, from 2005 to 2008, have tie rod issues that could cause them to fail in the rear wheels and cause loss of control to the vehicle. These will be replaced and the wheels aligned again.
The 2021 models of the Trofeo Quattroporte and Ghibli have incorrect information regarding the tire pressure of the 21 inch tires. This will be replaced and adjusted at the dealer for no charge.
But all of the above issues were still showing 15% to 25% of the North American vehicles had not had the necessary work completed yet. It is of utmost importance that you take time out to conduct your Maserati VIN check and see if your vehicle has these problems or not?
After investing so much time and money into your very own Maserati luxury sedan, it only makes sense to check if there are any hidden problems located within it which can be rectified at no cost to yourself.
So go on! Get to your garage now.