The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced Maserati and Alfa Romeo are recalling certain Quattroporte, Granturismo and 8C models over potentially faulty tie rod ends. According to NHTSA, 2005-2008 Quattroporte, 2008 Granturismo and 2008 8C units may have been assembled with tie rod ends that have insufficient corrosion protection. As such, the components may rust, weaken and potentially fail. If that happens, the driver could lose control of the vehicle and cause an accident.

Maserati and Alfa Romeo will contact owners and replace the tie rod end assemblies once the recall gets underway in June. All told, 7,438 vehicles are impacted by the recall. You can read the full NHTSA notice below for more information.
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RECALL Subject : Possible Tie Rod Failure

Report Receipt Date: MAY 13, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V196000

Component(s): SUSPENSION

Potential Number of Units Affected: 7,438

Manufacturer: Maserati North America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Maserati North America, Inc. (Maserati) is recalling certain model year 2005-2008 Quattroporte, 2008 Granturismo, and 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C vehicles. The rear tie rod assemblies may have insufficient anti-corrosion material applied, allowing them to weaken and possibly fail.

CONSEQUENCE:
Failure of the tie rods may result in a loss of vehicle control and increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Maserati will notify owners and dealers will replace the tie rod assemblies. The recall is expected to begin by the end of June 2013. Customers may contact Maserati at 1-877-696-2737. Maserati's recall campaign number is 205.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      GasMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      A tie rod end has a lot of mass and not much surface area so corrosion would generally not be an issue. How could one of these be compromised in a 5 year old car? You would have to park in the ocean and I doubt too many of these pampered drives even see the rain.
        jz78817
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GasMan
        maybe they did the same thing that DumblerChrysler did on the Neon and PT; made them cheaply out of stamped steel and w/o the ability to grease them. eventually the stamping \"opens up\" a little bit and lets water/dirt/yuck into the ball-and-socket and trashes the tie rod end in short order.
          Willie
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jz78817
          well they didnt think they would be running that long
          jz78817
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jz78817
          no, they thought \"it\'ll last as long as the warranty, then it\'s Somebody Else\'s Problem.\"
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I will take my chances with rust to drive that gorgeous car.
      Bobby Robinson
      • 1 Year Ago
      Italian cars? Rust issues? Flashback to the terrible quality issues perception of Italian cars from the 70's & 80's... (walks out of room, shaking head)
        Edward
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bobby Robinson
        I had a Fiat X1/9, which not only started to rust in the rear wheel wells within a year, but had paperboard ducts from the side inlets to the engine compartment which a few rains disintegrated, allowing more water into the body. I am not surprised about this report, and while the Competizione's beautiful, the only one I'd own is already in my office. It's 1/18 scale, 1/8000th the problems. It's already lost its mirrors.
        RetrogradE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bobby Robinson
        Hey, why isn't everyone calling YOU a troll? I seem to get it all the time. Anyway, great comment. Love it.
      Robert Bell
      • 1 Year Ago
      Quality Itialian workmanship? Sergio had better tell the boys to get their act together if he is serious about making a run at the luxury market here with Italian imports. The Alfa is a beautiful machine but a lot like many good looking Italian models; they tend to break down over time and you are left with high maintenance for life. Maybe those who can afford these kinds of dream machines don\'t care but image is everything and you don\'t want your neighbors to know you car is in the garage for its annual recall.
        Andrew TheBoss
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Robert Bell
        In Italia we use "luoghi comuni" for clichés. Italians are all mafiosi. We eat spaghetti and cappuccino for breakfast, and drink red wine istead water. We are fatty like "Il Padrino" Godfather and nobody works, we still lying all the day on the beaches with Spritz, Martini and women listening Luciano Pavarotti... We spent all are wages for super expensives clothes and we live inside the Colosseo in Rome on in the Torre di Pisa. Obviously Venezia is a copy of Venice casinò in Las Vegas Bravo...
          Luis A. Martinez
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Andrew TheBoss
          Forgot the best restaurant,Olive Garden too......lol!!
          Andrew TheBoss
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Andrew TheBoss
          HI Luis. I'd never heard before of Olive Garden. I'm looking at the site. Fantastico... Can assure that is not Italian cuisine. Look so complicated and fatty. Thanks ;)
      Willie
      • 1 Year Ago
      who buys an italian car and doesn't expect a lil rust, and a few engine fires here and there?
      pietroroman
      • 1 Year Ago
      "somebody" wants people to associate again maserati with rust...
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lol. This just makes the Italian sports cars more authentic, because they rust just like the old ones.
      ccl4151
      • 1 Year Ago
      M-Benz,AUDI,BMW TOYOTA,LEXUS,GM,FORD,Hyuandi,KIA VW,all these companies have many recalls every year,don't even mention Toyota/Lexus,who had so many a few years ago,They do not even know how to fit a mat in a car. Italian cars have have had less recalls than average.I would rather drive a rust Italian car,than a AUDI that is always in the dealer's shop.At least I get to drive my car.
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