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Maserati recalls 3 models over fire risks

Kentucky Maserati owners should be aware that the automaker is recalling 39,381 Quattroporte, Ghibli and Levante cars and SUVs, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recalls are over two potential fire risks.

Maserati says the first problem involves an incorrect wiring-harness layout under the front power seats of 2014-2017 Quattroporte, Ghibli and Levante vehicles. As the seats are adjusted, they can rub against the wiring harness, potentially causing a short-circuit and fire. Recalls for this problem are expected to begin on March 21.

The second problem involves fuel lines that can leak in certain 2014-2015 Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans. The automaker says that fuel leaks can occur at any point along the fuel line due to an assembly error by the parts supplier. Foreign particles accidentally introduced between the metal fuel line and plastic fuel line can cause scratches on the plastic portion of the line, potentially causing a fire hazard. A total of 10,879 cars are affected. The recall for this issue will begin on Feb. 28. The Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans were also recalled in 2016 over suspension and gear shift issues.

If they are not detected in time, automobile defects can result in catastrophic injuries to occupants of both the car in question as well as other vehicles on the road. Automobile manufacturers owe a duty of care, and a person who has been harmed in an incident caused by a defective part or design may want to meet with a products liability attorney in order to see what recourse may be available.

Source: Auto Week, "Three Maserati models face recalls for two different types of fire risk," Jay Ramey, Feb. 6, 2017

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