Maserati is recalling some of its Quattroporte and Ghibli premium sedans over the same confusing shifter that may increase the risk of roll-away, the same issue that made FCA callback 1.1 million vehicles earlier in April.
Maserati North America issued a safety campaign targeting 13,092 model year 2014 Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans assembled between June 1, 2013, to February 28, 2014. The problem is with the electronic shifter of the ZF eight-speed auto transmission which acts like a joystick by always returning to its initial position and gear-selection is conveyed to drivers by indicator lights.
Therefore, it “may mislead owners about which gear the vehicle is in and may not adequately warn the driver when the door is opened and the vehicle is not in PARK, allowing them to exit the vehicle while it is still in gear“, according to a notice filed by FCA with US NHTS. If they just leave the car without selecting Park, while the engine is running and the parking brake is not engaged, there is evidently a high risk of roll-away. Maserati said it is working on a software update to remedy the confusion and owners will be notified when the fix becomes available.
The problematic shifter made Fiat Chrysler recall 1.1 million cars and SUVs worldwide in April. Even if there are no proofs, it may also be linked to the death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin, who was recently killed in a stupid accident, after his recalled 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled away and pinned him against a brick pillar.