How to start the New Year off right.
If you’re the soon to be owner of a 2018 Maserati Ghibli or Quattroporte, be happy you haven’t taken possession of your new ride yet. According to Reuters, Maserati North America is recalling over 1,000 of these luxury sedans because of leaky fuel pipes that increase the risk of an engine fire. So, Happy New Year? Both sedans are said to have a faulty fuel delivery pipe in the engine compartment that could leak gasoline. Fortunately, the affected 2018 sedans have yet to be delivered to owners, so they’ll be fixed prior to being shipped out.
Maserati has identified the precise source of the problem: a part from a single supplier, SumiRiko Italy. All of the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans, an exact total of 1,406, built between July 24 and December 14 are being recalled. “The suspect vehicles may experience a fuel leakage, at the quick connectors, within the engine compartment and underfloor of vehicle connectors,” the company said in documents posted on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “This is due to an excessive peeling of the plastic fuel line end, during the preliminary phase, before the fuel line quick connector is assembled onto the line.”
Fortunately for Maserati, this issue was identified before the vehicles were delivered, but the luxury automaker still has other problems to sort out. Most recently we reported about a production stoppage at its factory in order to clear out inventory. In short, sales are down so making new vehicles for non-existent buyers makes no sense.