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Loose mats trigger Maserati recall

by Bill Cawthon on

Maserati North America is voluntarily recalling 28,235 Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans beginning April 29, due to a floor mat that can become loose and get stuck in the accelerator, causing unintended acceleration. Given the top speeds of the Quattroporte (177 mph) and the Ghibli (163 mph), this could be a serious problem.

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The Quattroporte and Ghibli, like nearly all new cars, have brake override systems that cut engine power when the brakes are full-on.

The affected cars were built between February 1, 2013 and November 30, 2015. Maserati will contact customers. The proposed solution was presented to the NHTSA earlier this month. approved, and assigned campaign number 16V-122.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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