Maserati recalls 50,000 luxury vehicles over fire hazards

Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Maserati announced it is recalling some 50,000 luxury vehicles after discovering defects that could lead to fires and fuel-line leaks.

The company announced adjusting the front seats in 39,381 model year 2014 through 2017 Quattroporte, Ghibli, and Levante vehicles could lead to electrical shorts and a possible fire. The vehicles retail between $71,600 and $145,500.

"The defect has been identified as an incorrect design of the seat wiring harness layout with potential interference with the seat adjustment motor housing (seat wiring harness rubbing against metal points on seat/seat frame assembly). This condition with normal use of the seat adjustment system, over time, can lead to cable damage, and consequential seat adjustment malfunction, and in rare cases, a potential short to ground and a risk of fire," the company said.

Another 10,879 model year 2014 and 2015 Quattroporte and Ghibli vehicles are being recalled for possible fuel-line leaks.

"A weeping or leaking fuel line, over time, and in the worst case scenario, can lead to a fire in the engine compartment or underneath the vehicle," the company said.

The recalls represent the third in the past year for the carmaker, which is owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Amy R. Connolly

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